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Turning Cabbage into Cauliflower

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Cauliflower’s ability to imitate anything from ‘rice’ to ‘wings’, has seen the previously humble veggie rise in power in recent years. Yet while its transformative powers are celebrated by foodies across the world, until now it has remained unclear how the vegetable itself (and its fancy Romanesco variant) evolved from its plainer predecessor – cabbage… Read more

You’re wasting your space-nip! – Lettuce Opium, Dinosaurs, Fairy Lanterns

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We’re back from the summer break. If you had guessed that we will be more on point, less rambly and more focussed on plants after our break I have to ask: do you even know us? Anyway, we have cool science facts and not a single cut in the entire episode. 

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Derp – Social Ferns, Salty Greens, Dark Biofilms

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Fly like a lemur, sting like an ant in a crow, as my late grandfather used to say to me before I was born. With that in mind, let’s talk about some plant facts. We have new organs, delicious salty plants and a first of its kind almost-social fern. Let’s go!… Read more

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