By: Lime Green Sphere
Don't think that there would be any uses for the foul-smelling elderberry? Believe it or not, the elderberry has many uses and has been used by First Nations peoples of North America for centuries. As you may already know, elderberry trees are not a single...
By: Danelle Karth
Understanding the difference between hemp and marijuana is often difficult. This isn't because the concept itself is a hard one, but rather because it goes against what we have been taught. We have been taught about the evils of marijuana and cannibis and as such...
By: Jason Hernandez
Pine is surely the best known evergreen tree... or is it? Most of the "Christmas-tree" type of evergreens are not really pines at all, but spruce, fir, or Douglas-fir. What sets pine apart from these others is the way the needles grow: spruce, fir, and...
By: Jason Hernandez
Western yew (Taxus brevifolia) is a threatened species, but has been of interest to medical science because it produces Taxol, a chemical compound which has been found useful in the treatment of breast cancer. Other, more common species of yew, several of which are common...
By: Karen Bledsoe
Long before I reached my college years, I already had a powerful interest in Natural History. By fourth grade I was dabbling with science experiments, and by fifth grade I was paging through field manuals to identify plants, birds, and rocks that I found on...
By: Jason Hernandez
Christmas trees are of many different species, but all have certain things in common. Unless they are the artificial kind, made of aluminum or plastic, Christmas trees are conifers, that is, cone-bearing trees. Also, because tradition demands a certain shape for Christmas trees, only certain...
By: Karen Bledsoe
If you're a high school student with an avid interest in botany, you're already way past the bean-in-the-paper-cup phase, you've done the, "Which fertilizer makes the plants grow best?" experiment to death, and you already know the answers to, "What conditions make seeds germinate...
How to become a botanist
By: Effie Moore Salem
Botany is the science of plants. To become a botanist a student must first have an intense desire to learn more about the fascinating world of plants. And when in school a potential botanist will need to take all the botany related courses available. Most...
By: Karen Bledsoe
Looking for a good middle school science fair project, or projects for the classroom? Plants are great for simple experiments that yield great results. Plant experiments take time, but they're inexpensive and take up little space. Give some of these "green" experiments a try:POLLUTION ASSAYDuckweed...
By: Rex Trulove
The lodgepole or jack pine (Pinus contorta) is a wide spread softwood coniferous tree occurring mostly over roughly the western half of the United States and Canada, as well as in some isolated areas where it has been introduced.Lodgepole is one of the fastest...

 

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