Leaves 3 Oct 2014

Leaves links out to the very best plant-related content I’ve found on the world wild web this week. Geek: Seed microbes ‘Commensal’ bacteria are symbiotic helping plants extract nutrients and defend against invaders. Now, scientists have discovered that plants may package their commensal bacteria inside of seeds to ensure that sprouting plants are colonized. It’s like prepacking a blanket […]

Leaves 10 May 2014

Leaves links out to the very best plant-related content I’ve found on the world wild web this week. Chemicals in your food? I hope so Life is a chemical cocktail and Compound Interest is exploring everyday chemical compounds in lovely infographic detail. You might want to find out why coriander tastes as it does, or why beetroot […]

Leaves 25 April 2014

  Leaves links out to the very best plant-related content I’ve found on the world wild web this week. Seed sovereignty The seeds of 29 new varieties of crops have been released under a new ‘open source pledge’ that’s intended to safeguard the ability of farmers, gardeners and plant breeders to share those seeds freely. Making your food […]

Wicked Bugs: Insectophobes need not apply

As I lie swatting the autumnal flies that I do detest, I am again insanely grateful that all branches of my family tree converged as they did in order for me to be a New Zealander. This is a recurring moment of gratitude, but never more so than having finished reading Amy Stewart’s Wicked Bugs. In this […]