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Botany

The study and science of plants.

Are There Any Plants That Do Not Photosynthesize?

April 17, 2018 by Trent Pearce

Can a plant live without photosynthesizing?

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Discover the Rare Blooms of Huckleberry Preserve in the East Bay Hills

March 30, 2018 by Stephanie Penn

Rare plants are common in California. Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve sits in an ideal location to display some of the rarest of them.

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What Wildflowers Tell You About the North Bay Fires

March 30, 2018 by Lech Naumovich

In burned areas of the North Bay, spring bloom patterns reveal burn patterns.

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Treasure Hunt: Fire-Following Flowers You Might Find in the North Bay

March 30, 2018 by Lech Naumovich

What flowers might botanists see in the North Bay this spring?

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A Street Tree Revolution in Silicon Valley

January 02, 2018 by Eric Simons

Urban ecologists hope to inspire a love of nature in the sprawling heart of tech.

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Disrupt the Street Tree

December 19, 2017 by Eric Simons

Could trees help Silicon Valley find an identity?

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Why Did I Hear Popcorn Sounds In the Recent Extreme Heat Wave?

September 26, 2017 by Trent Pearce

When temperatures crank up, an unusual ecological adaptation begins to play out among our native Monterey pine. We explain why in our latest installment of our reader-funded Ask The Naturalist column.

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Western Sycamores Speak of an Older California

September 25, 2017 by Sylvia V. Linsteadt

In Livermore, a writer walks leisurely among the sycamore alluvial woodland.

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Why Fall Feels Different in the Bay Area: It’s the Smell of Change

September 25, 2017 by Alissa Greenberg

Why does fall excite so many sensory memories? Olfactory scientists explain.

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California Scientists Release a Fly to Control a Landscape-Suffocating Invasive Ivy

September 25, 2017 by Alison Hawkes

A landscape engulfed in Cape ivy is difficult to take in. Scientists are turning to the plant's natural enemy: a small South African fly.

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