By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Lichen is an example of a symbiotic relationship between two or more species where each partner gains something from the other. In the case of lichens, the organisms involved include a fungus, a cyanobacterium and algae. However, it is possible for lichens to have only...
By: Emily Einolander
“Allie Algae and Freddy Fungus took a lichen to each other,” is a verbal device used to teach children the two component parts of lichen. Minus the human names, this is a pretty accurate statement. Lichen is a result of a symbiotic relationship...
Cell growth and division
By: Jeffrey Graf
Cell growth and division is a highly regulated process that is known formally as the cell cycle. Regulation of the cell cycle is the foundation of cancer research. By the most basic definition, cancer is a loss of control of the regulation of the cell...
A brief look at nocturnal plants
By: Anna Ford
The word 'nocturnal' is defined as being “done, occurring, or active at night”. What most people do not realize is that this is not simply referring to animals or even humans that take advantage of dark hours. There are also different plants that grow...
Compare and contrast: Plant and animal cells
By: Robert Hoglund
The building blocks of life, cells, function differently within plants and animals. They have some similar components, but a few different ones as well. Regardless, each cell has the required structural elements necessary to complete its purpose. First, animal and plant cells have many things...
A brief look at nocturnal plants
By: Brian Lobb
When most people think of flowers and plants, they think of a sunny stroll in the garden, smelling flowers and basking in the noon sun. Yet beauty resides under the cover of darkness, in the form of nocturnal plants. The world we live in is...
By: Dr. Bryan Katz
Both plant and animal cells are eukaryotic, meaning their genetic material is enclosed within a nuclear envelope. They also share many organelles in common, including a cell membrane, mitochondria, ribosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, lysosomes, and Golgi apparatus. Both animal and plant cells are aerobic, meaning they...
Compare and contrast: Plant and animal cells
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
All living organisms are made up of cells, which may appear in different shapes, sizes, arrangements and structures. At the same time, these cells may also adapt themselves to the organisms living environment as well as to its functional requirements. These adaptations are rather prominent...
By: Dr Pandula Siribaddana
Better known as ‘stick insects’ or ‘leaf insects’, phasmids appear in different shapes, sizes and colors which allows these insects to camouflage themselves amongst the leaves and the branches that they live in. Phasmids inhabit the warm parts of the world and are...
By: Collin Richards
Perhaps the most fascinating of fish species is the largest, the Whale Shark. The Whale Shark is one of only three filter feeding shark species. Found in warm and tropical open waters, this terrestrial fish is a mystery. This article will examine the diet, feeding...

 

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