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All photographs copyright by Mike Slater unless otherwise noted.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Friday, November 16, 2012
Duke University scientists have name a new fern genus after the singer Lady Gaga.
There are nineteen species in the genus Gaga including 2 new species and 17 split off from other genera based on DNA sequencing. Among the reasons the name was selected are the costume Lady Gaga wore at the 2010 Grammys which resembled a fern gametophyte and the fact that one of the identifying DNA sequences in one gene was "gaga" for the base sequence guanine-adenine-guanine-adenine.
Lady Gaga and the fern gametophyte.from http://today.duke.edu/2012/10/gagafern
here is the link to the youtube video of the 2010 Grammy performance with the costume.
Enjoy the ferns and the music!
p.s here is my favorite (biology based no less!) Lady Gaga parody:
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
7:00 pm - 9 pm at the North Museum
the picture of a seed pod or flower remnant and ask the audience
to guess what it is. Then he will follow with a picture of each plant
biology and physical science. For thirty years he taught physical science
and chemistry in the Norristown Area School District. Since retirement
he has driven a school bus and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity
and his local SPCA. He continues to educate children by presenting
lessons on insects and by sharing his collection with schools to enhance
their curricula. Although his interest in wildflowers began about two
decades ago when he began attending botany walks sponsored by
the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, it is only in the last five years
that he has seriously photographed the wildflowers of Southeastern PA.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Our native Butternuts are being heavily attacked but a canker fungus. One problem people encounter in trying to conserve them is that Butternuts readily hybridize with Japanese Walnuts (aka Heartnuts) and produce fertile offspring. Apparently most Trees we think are Butternuts are actually hybrids especially ones growing near our farms and houses. The Purdue Extension Service has a very good brochure (available in PDF) out on how to identify the Hybrids. I have used it to confirm my suspicions that the large tree in our neighbors yard is a hybrid. We get seedling from squirrel planted seeds in our yards all the time.
Monday, September 17, 2012
The First Meeting of the 2012-2013 Meeting season of the Muhlenberg Botanic Club will be held this Thursday September 20th at 7:00 pm
If you would like to be contacted by e-mail for occasional spontaneous work days or field trips, plant rescues, or similar events, please include your e-mail address. At the bottom of the form, please include comments or suggestions for field trips and meetings, or topics you might like to see added to the newsletters or the website. Bring dues with this form to the September meeting or mail them to
include your: Name: Address: City: State: Zip: Phone: E-mail address:
The September 2012 Muhlenberg Botanic Society Newsletter is up online
at the 2012 Newsletter web page it is available in PDF, doc and docx formats.