The importance of epiphytes explained
By: James Johnson
An epiphyte is any plant that does not live in the soil, have true root systems, and frequently lives on another plant providing no benefit but causing no harm. This differentiates them from symbiotic plants (though they are often symbiotic with many other creatures) or...
By: M E Skeel
Epiphytes are plants that grow on other plants but are not parasites nor symbionts because they neither harm their host nor benefit it. Because of the competition for space and light in the forest, many plants have taken up an epiphytic lifestyle and in so...
What disease does the bacteria Chlamydia pneumoniae cause and how?
By: Alison Bowler
Chlamydophila pneumoniae, as the name suggests, usually causes a form of pneumonia. The organism used to be known as Chlamydia pneumoniae. It is a very small bacterium measuring between 0.2 to 1 micrometers. Like all members of the Chlamydiae, it is an obligate intracellular...
By: M E Skeel
Rainforests are such diverse ecosystems that it is surprising to learn that most are growing on thin, poor soils that contain few nutrients. The key to the luxurient growth of the rainforest is dependent not on new nutrients but instead on the recycling efforts of...
By: M E Skeel
The flowering plants or Angiosperms are divided into two classes: the Monocotyledons or monocots and the Dicotyledons or dicots. The fundamental difference occurs during development: monocots have one seed leaf or cotyledon while dicots have two. This seemingly small difference separates the two major types...
The evolution of dinosaurs
By: Brittany Welch
The evolution of the dinosaurs begins with the DevonianPeriod, close to four hundred million years ago. The occurrence of the animals migrating form water to land occurred during the Devonian Period. Animals did this in search of food sources which have yet to be exploited...
Nature's recyclers: Saprophytes
By: James Johnson
There is a book available from Kew Gardens, "Agaric Folia of the Lesser Antilles" by Pegler and it lists over 400 mushrooms found in the Caribbean. It refers to identification, growth characteristics and where they grow. The book is about 500 pages of small print...
By: Sammy Stein
Bryophytes include the mosses (Musci) and liverworts (Hepaticae). These are undoubtedly plants but they lack features of higher plants like vascular tissue. Mosses are concidered by many as posessing leaves and stems while liverworts are thought of as flattened and thalloid (liver-like) in shape but...
By: Wendy R.
Fungi are eukaryotic organisms(meaning that they have DNA which is enclosed in a nucleus) which have cell walls and can be either unicellular(one cell) or multicellular(many cells). There are over 100,000 species of organisms that fall under the realm of fungi. However, there...
By: Sammy Stein
Sexual reproduction in angiosperms was once a taboo sbject. When plants were first classified it was considered very rude (by the stuffy Victorian sponsors of the great plantsmen) to call flower parts anything to do with sex so we have names like stigma, anther, style...

 

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