Santore is known for Crime Pays But Botany Doesn’t, a self-described lowbrow approach to plant ecology.
The study and science of plants.
How do the trees synchronize their reproductive efforts? Oaks, the dominant tree genus throughout much of low- and mid-elevation, temperate California, are full of mysteries.
Look for the blue blossoms of Lupinus chamissonis all along California’s coast.
Wildflowers bloom like fireworks as winter water dries up in the vernal pool ecosystems of Jepson Prairie.
The sugarstick is a parasitic plant that relies on the Western Matsutake mushroom.
It’s the epitome of the unwanted weed — but there are reasons to choose to want dandelions.
Old redwood trees have seen fire many times in their lives. It’s because of their fire scars—not in spite of them—that the redwood forest thrives.
The SCU Lightning Complex fires burned 6,000 acres of East Bay Regional Park District land last year. And already, green ground cover, reptiles, and raptors are returning in Morgan Territory.
A visual explanation of how fire helps release the seeds of knobcone, bishop, and Monterey pine trees, plus a fun experiment to try at home!
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.