The study and science of plants.

Lorenzo Washington

Listen Closely, the Trees are Talking

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When people say that trees “talk” to each other, that’s a concept that rests, in part, on an extraordinary and microscopic relationship between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and the roots of 90 percent of all plants.

maps of CA biodiversity

Can California Reverse Biodiversity Decline?

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At a time when development is paving over habitat and climate change is transforming ecosystems at an unprecedented pace, California Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot says the state has a moral imperative to focus on biodiversity.

big sur coast

Live Biodiversity

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There’s a certain predictable expression that frequently settles on the face of the friend or family member I’m talking to when I say the word “biodiversity.” I’d call it tolerantly bored.

black walnut tree

Tree Detectives

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The Northern California black walnut led scientists into a genetic mystery: is this a rare tree, or a common one?