Archive for February 2012

A future powered by photosynthesis?

February 25, 2012

Check out this research at Cambridge University that uses moss in biological fuel cells to produce electricity! Spoiler alert: it’s actually symbiotic bacteria in the soil that are powering things up using organic compounds released by the photosynthesizing bryophytes.

Read the short article here: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/features/the-hidden-power-of-moss/

SUNY ESF Alumni Sponsor the Return of the American Chestnut

February 18, 2012

On April 18, test trees of American chestnut produced by the Restoration Project at ESF will be planted at an event at the New York Botanical Garden, the place where chestnut blight was first discovered in 1904. The Research Project has more than 100 varieties either in field trials or waiting to be tested.  The event will include a lecture on chestnut trees at 3 p.m. followed by a planting of trees at 4:30 and a reception and dinner at 6:00 in the renovated  stone mill at the garden. Fees are $31 for the lecture and $100 for the dinner. Reservations are required and sponsorships are encouraged.  If you are interested contact the ESF alumni office at 315-470-6632 or alumni@esf.edu. Let’s hope this is the beginning of the return of the American chestnut tree to our eastern forests.

Funds Avialable for Student Research on Aquatic Plants

February 18, 2012

A graduate student research grant in the area of aquatic plant management and ecology is being offered by the Aquatic Plant Management Society’s research and education organization. For more information CLICK HERE.

Help this duck enjoy aquatic plants.

MyNature Apps You Tube Channel Has Many Videos on Identifying Native Plants

February 17, 2012

MyNature Apps has a You Tube Channel  that features many videos on how to identify many of our common wildflowers.

Here is one of his videos identifying Spotted Joe-Pye-Weed.

MyNature Apps Has Fun Quiz for Identifying State Trees

February 17, 2012

CLICK HERE to see how to get this fun app for identifying state trees.

New Endemic Yellow-eyed Grass, Xyris bracteicaulis, is Described From Long Island

February 15, 2012

A new yellow-eyed grass, Xyris bracteicaulis (Xyridaceae) has been described by Dr. Lisa Campbell of the New York Botanical Garden. It is known only from a single historical collection from Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island which also makes it a new endemic plant for the state. The Coastal Plain pondshore habitat in New York supports dynamic plant communities with species rare for the state. In this publication from Harvard Papers in Botany, the new species is described, illustrated, and compared to morphologically similar specimens.  To access the article CLICK HERE.

DEC’s Saratoga Tree Nursery Kicks Off Annual Tree And Shrub Seedling Sale And Giveaway

February 14, 2012

From the DEC Press Release:

Landowners Can Take Advantage of Low-Cost Native Plants, Schools Can Get Them Free.

More than 50 species of trees and shrubs are now available to schools and public and private landowners at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Saratoga Tree Nursery, DEC announced today. The Saratoga Tree Nursery provides trees for erosion control, wildlife habitat, reforestation and other uses.  For further information CLICK HERE.

Staff working at the Saratoga Tree Nursery (DEC photo)


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