Category: Flora

plants

The science of plant systematics

“Nature produces individuals, and nothing more. She produces them in such countless numbers that we are compelled to sort them into kinds in order that we may be able to carry them in our minds. This sorting is classification— taxonomy.” (Bessey 1908) The science of identifying and classifying organisms (taxonomy) is responsible for categorizing the …

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Bradford Pear: A Lesson in Toying with Invasive Species

Today, we know that introducing a foreign species into a habitat, no matter how benign it seems to be, is a really bad idea. The Bradford pear is one prime example of this. The small and decorative tree was a staple of the thousands of new subdivisions that sprung up across the country between the …

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fruit, juice

Confusion in the Produce Aisle: Team Fruit vs Team Veggie

Imagine ordering a fruit smoothie only to find out it is made with bell peppers, squash, tomatoes, eggplant, peas, olives, and corn. Ewww. While not the sweet treat you expected, the restaurant didn’t make a mistake. Technically speaking, you got what you ordered…a mixture of blended fruit. This misunderstanding stems for our muddled classification of …

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