Did you catch the Garden, last year’s summer exhibition Monet’s Garden, and NYBG scientist Amy Litt this on CBS News Sunday Morning talking about flower power and the amazing science of plant “feelings”? No? Well that’s okay, because you can watch it now and learn all about how plants know that their neighbors are hurt, how flowers know when to open, and how venus flytraps know when to snap shut. But don’t worry vegetarians, you don’t have to worry about eating plants now, too. It turns out they can’t feel that much! ~AR
Smithsonian blogger Megan Gambino knows who to call when she needs pumpkin advice (hint: it’s the same man I call), Tom Andres, NYBG’s resident curcurbit expert! Megan wanted to know if Tom had any top notch tips for keeping jack o lanterns looking spiffy, and boy does he! Check out her story for all of Tom’s six pumpkin preservation tips. ~AR
Shout-out to Rachel Meyer a graduate student here at the New York Botanical Garden who studies the ethnobotany of eggplants. She told NPR that “in parts of Asia, these orange orbs are considered medicinal and eaten with the belief that they help lower blood sugar.” ~AR
Photo Credit: Maggie Starbard/NPR
An Eggplant of a Different Color Can Be Just As Sweet and a recipe for ‘Roasted Turkish Eggplant with Fennel and White Peaches’
It took a colorful floral species from South America, Brunfelsia plowmaniana, to finally break botany’s nomenclatural gene barrier.
And to think it all started with our very own botanist, Dr. Michael Nee!
— NYBG Scientst, Bill Buck (aka the blogging bryologist) breaks down the move away from Latin as the descriptor of new plant species. Latin remains the language of choice for plant names, as it does throughout science.
Plants, like people, need names. People are named by their parents. Plants are named by their discoverers. Naming a child is fairly easy. Naming a plant is fairly difficult, but will become less so in 2012.
In 2012, new rules will go into effect that will expedite the process of naming newly discovered plants—many of which are extremely threatened—by making their description published on a website just as valid as if it had been published in a printed journal. In addition, scientists will no longer be required to write a scientifically valid description of the plant in Latin.
“These are fundamental changes that are going to facilitate the ability to name and describe new species,” said James S. Miller, Ph.D., Dean and Vice President for Science at The New York Botanical Garden, who is the lead author of a summary of the new rules in the online journal PhytoKeys. “Eliminating the Latin requirement and moving to electronic publication will really expedite and simplify the process of describing the diversity that’s out there.” ~AR
Scientists at the American Museum of Natural History, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, The New York Botanical Garden, and New York University have created the largest genome-based tree of life for seed plants to date.
“This study resolves the long-standing problem of producing an unequivocal evolutionary tree of the seed plants,” said Dennis Stevenson, vice president for laboratory research at The New York Botanical Garden. “We can then use this information to determine when and where important adaptations occur and how they relate to plant diversification. We also can examine the evolution of such features as drought tolerance, disease resistance, or crop yields that sustain human life through improved agriculture.”
Fox News’ Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham visited The New York Botanical Garden to talk with VP for the Institute of Economic Botany Michael Balick about kava.
Thank you Irene and Lee! Because of this summer’s record-setting, hurricane-induced rains, The New York Botanical Garden has become a wonderland for resident mycologist Roy Halling. He first brought us these fairy tale Boletus hortonii, and on Friday, Halling joined Flora Lichtman on Science Friday to discuss the year’s mushrooming (heh) fungus population.
A great piece on the very important work in Colombia being done by NYBG Scientist
The praise keeps coming for NYBG botanist Paola Pedraza, Lehman College professor Ed Kennelly and their newly discovered superfruits, the neotropical blueberry.
It was over that cup of tea that I decided to study the world’s most widely consumed beverage - after water.
Lovely interview with ethnobotanist, Dr. Selena Ahmed. Dr. Ahmed is also the author of the book Tea Horse Road, which she conceived of writing while researching her doctoral study at The New York Botanical Garden.
NYBG scientist Michael Balick is on the editorial advisory board for this important study regarding the invasive water weed Salvinia molesta, also known as giant salvinia, water fern, and kariba weed and its possible use as a cancer treatment.
Researchers have found that two species of wild blueberries native to the tropical regions of Central and South America—the New World tropics, or Neotropics—contain two to four times more antioxidants than the blueberries sold in U.S. markets.
This finding is the result of an analysis of the compounds contained in neotropical blueberries grown at The New York Botanical Garden.
The study was conducted by Professor Edward Kennelly, a biologist at Lehman College in the Bronx who is an expert in medicinal plants, and Paola Pedraza, Ph.D., a botanist at The New York Botanical Garden whose specialties include South American blueberry species.