Tag Archives: symbiosis

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue

Valentine’s Day may have passed, but it is still evidenced by the discounted chocolate and wilting roses in the shop windows, and the childhood rhyme “Roses are red, violets are blue…” that is echoing incessantly in my head. The repeated … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Outsourcing – Using Symbionts as Vitamin Factories

This entry is part of a recurring series called Use It Or Lose It that looks at those things that didn’t make the evolutionary cut and have been lost in modern species. ‘Eat your carrots, they’re good for your eyesight’ … Continue reading

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Microscopic Perfumers – Microorganisms Impact Floral Scents

The scent of a flower is a complex chemical cocktail that can include more than fifty different chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are produced in varying amounts by the plant. The combination of different compounds in varying amounts … Continue reading

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Organ(elle) Snatching Slugs

A host of spineless thieves reside off the east coast of North America. In the shallow waters of salt marshes and tidal pools lurk small, brilliant green marine slugs that are the organ snatchers of the natural world. Like many … Continue reading

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