Posts tagged biology
What are Invasive Species?

On Monday Bea Corra from Parkersburg shared a picture of a plant on our Facebook page wanting to know what type of plant it was and whether it was invasive or harmful.  I instantly had a flashback to August 2005 when I was studying Plant Taxonomy at Marshall University.  The plant (right) is Japanese Knotweed, an invasive species.  I also remember Dr. Evans’s advice for getting rid of it … “sell your house”.  This week, we’re going to take a look at what makes a plant invasive and some of the most common in our region.

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Gardenias and Spider Mites, Yikes!

This week I got an email from Rebecca.  She was trying to help her mother take care of a plant she got as a mother’s day gift from her brother.  Her particular problem would’ve been a brain teaser for me had it not been for her excellent description and the photo she included.

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Animals and Vivariums

Having a terrarium with an animal or animals in it is an extremely rewarding little project. It goes beyond just having a small pet or just making a terrarium because it is a blending of both worlds. In effect you are taking the concept of making a biosphere and applying it in miniature. But you can't just take a bunch of plants, put them in a glass case then add some animals. There are some important things you have to consider

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Apples: Making History Then & Now

The apple is the pomaceous fruit of the apple tree, species Malus domestica in the rose family (Rosaceae). It is one of the most widely cultivated tree fruits, and the most widely known of the many members of genus Malus that are used by humans. The tree originated in Western Asia, where its wild ancestor, the Alma, is still found today.

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