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Friday, November 16, 2012

A new Fern Genus named "Gaga"

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.

gaga and fern
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!

Mike

p.s here is my favorite (biology based no less!)  Lady Gaga parody: 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Muhlenberg Botanical Society Meeting -November 2012 meeting - the last one of the year.


November 15, 2012: Link Davis, "Name That Remnant!"
7:00 pm - 9 pm at the North Museum

Come enjoy a botanical guessing game in which Link will show us 
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
in bloom.

Link Davis, a lifelong resident of Montgomery Co., has degrees in
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.