Tag Archives: symbiosis

New pollution-reducing technology enables crops to take nitrogen from the air

Originally posted on AgScience:
A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers. The development has been…

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10 Things I Didn’t Know About Nitrogen Fertilizer

Originally posted on Food (Policy) For Thought:
I recently read this brief history of the use of nitrogen fertilizer, and it was so interesting to learn more about this crucial agricultural input! In my agricultural economics classes, we often use…

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Tree of the month: Alder

The moon was full last night. So according to my favourite version of the Ogham ‘tree calendar’, we’re now halfway through the Month of the Alder. You might choose to follow my ‘ogham’ tag for other posts in this series. … Continue reading

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Living on the edge with Wolbachia

Originally posted on A bugly life:
The welfare of our planet and of the human species has become a major focus of many nations. One of the greatest challenges we face is food security. We are running out of space…

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Replanting the elm trees?

Elm trees (Ulmus spp.) contribute beauty and diversity to landscapes in the British Isles. There are four elm species whose leaves are eaten by several species of butterfly larvae. One of those butterflies is the White Letter Hairstreak (Satyrium w-album) … Continue reading

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Lichens

Lichens are fascinating but often overlooked. They’re important in many ecosystems including our irreplaceable ancient woodlands, valued highly by the Woodland Trust. The British Lichen Society promotes the study of this everyday, often beautiful group of symbiotic organisms. You can … Continue reading

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Hair of the sloth

Wild sloths have symbiotic green algae and other organisms living in their fur. It’s adorable, isn’t it? But in captivity, sloths get bathed and hung up to dry. That’s adorable too. I suppose the zookeepers do it for the animals’ … Continue reading

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