By: Judy Evans
Australia has around 100 species of the Solanum genus which are endemic to the continent. There are also another 20 odd species which are well established and are considered introduced weeds. In all, there are some 1,400 species most of which are native to...
By: Megan Stoddard
It would seem that no good news can come out of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. There is no denying its devastating effect on the Gulf, its wildlife, the shores that border it, and the economies that depend on it. Neither...
The importance of plankton in ocean communities
By: Dorothy Hoffman
The term “plankton” comes from the Greek word planktos, meaning “drifter.” Not a single species or biological group, planktic species actually include a wide range of aquatic organisms – animals, plants, and bacteria – that drift in the world’s oceans, seas...
Chokecherry: Identification and uses
By: Denise Calaman
As the day gets shorter and the air turns cool and crisp chokecherries come into season. Now, during the last few months of September chokecherries are turning black on their vines; heavy with ripeness just waiting to be picked. The Chokecherry, or Prunus virginiana, is...
By: Dena Bolton
The turtlehead, with the pink turtlehead being the most common, is a native wildflower of North America and is hardy in Zones 3-8. The plant has pointed leaves that are about 6 inches long in a dark green color. It grows to be about 2-3-feet...
Structure and function of the cell membrane
By: Jade Digirolamo
A cell is the base unit for life, containing the genetic information of the organism to which it contributes. The cell contains organelles (structures within the cell that carry out specific functions, much like organs within a body), cytoplasm, and a diverse assortment of proteins...
By: Lynette Alice
Hemp is a plant that is very commonly and easily misunderstood due to being a member of the species cannabis. Hemp has a similar leaf shape and looks the same as the marijuana plant, but unlike the cannabis sativa L. plant, it has virtually no...
By: Jillian Jacobs
Gymnosperms and angiosperms make up all of the plants classified as seed plants, meaning that they produce pollen grains and seeds. These seeds are all well protected from drying out. However, there are numerous differences between gymnosperms and angiosperms. The term gymnosperm comes from the...
By: Perry McCarney
All multi-cellular lifeforms are made up of eukaryotic cells. Some single-cell lifeforms are also eukaryotic, but most are prokaryotic. All organisms on Earth, that are considered to be living, have cells that are either one or the other. The disease causing pathogens called viruses are...
The life cycle of dolphins
By: Jesse Vorton
A majority of dolphins will mate during the spring and summer seasons. ‘Bull’ is the name assigned to male dolphins and ‘Cow’ assigned to female dolphins. The behavior of courting dolphins is often consists of both the male and female dolphins bumping their...

 

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