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A new hope – monkey puzzles, pride month, sleight of beak

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We are very hopeful this week that many bad things will come to an end. Also, we talk about a spiky favourite tree, lots of pride in STEM and many other cool things. 

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Plants ‘smell’ pheromones of parasitic worms

Plants perceive the chemical signals that waft off worms like bad B-O as a sign to hunker down and start preparing their defences.

The fact that nematodes -a type of small slender worm- are the most abundant animals on earth is almost definitely one of my least favourite facts.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an anti-wormer. But you might say I’m a bit of a worm snob – I simply prefer the fancy segmented ‘earthworm’ variety (aka annelids). While earthworms exist in my mind as friendly soil-living earth munchers that are ‘just the right size for a small child to put in its pockets’, I know that nematodes can range from microscopic to over a metre long.… Read more