Tree vs. tree: why kapok trees have big, nasty thorns

On Earth, plants are active, aggressive, and sometimes they fight to the death for sunlight. They employ cunning weapons and strategies, both offensive and defensive. For example, strangler figs (several varieties of Ficus) start as seedlings that germinate up on tree branches and trunks in jungles. As they grow, their roots wrap around the host … Continue reading Tree vs. tree: why kapok trees have big, nasty thorns

A few links: News and posts about the vegetable kingdom

Veggies in space! If we’re going to go on long space missions, we’ll need to grow food, and plants respond differently in microgravity. NASA is growing plants on the International Space Station. Here’s more about the experiment, and how accidentally overwatering lettuce turned out to be the right thing to do. Long ago, well before … Continue reading A few links: News and posts about the vegetable kingdom