Thursday, 3 May 2018
A study with corn plants has convinced some scientists that plants communicate through their roots (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/02/plants-talk-to-each-other-through-their-roots). It appeared that the plants sent out chemicals to their neighbours, encouraging them to put on a growth spurt when they were relatively crowded. This all sounds a bit altruistic (not much 'nature red in tooth and claw'). Perhaps plants are more 'hippy' than animals? An alternative explanation is that the growing plants cannot avoid chemically informing the other members of the crop of their efforts and this stimulates their neighbours to try and keep up to avoid being out-shaded.
Columbine ( Aquilegia vulgaris ) blooms in Loughor.
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
A report has detailed how climate change is altering life in the warming seas around UK shores ( https://www.theguardian.com/environment...
More items from the moth trap in Loughor. A Hebrew character ( Orthosia gothica ); a Small angl...