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Tree farts

Yep, you read that correct, tree farts. I’ve been walking in Edmonton’s river valley a lot this year and I’ve noticed a lot of standing dead trees, often called snags. I don’t know if there’s actually more than normal around here but in coastal areas there has been an increase thanks to climate change. Climate … Continue reading

The social networks of trees

Canoeing through Edmonton’s river valley this fall reminded me of the connections between some plants. Trembling aspen trees do produce seeds but their main means of reproduction is through runners. These runners result in colonies of genetically identical trees. The fall emphasizes this as entire patches of trees will all change colour at the same … Continue reading

Peeling Trees

Growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada I only knew of one tree where the bark would peel off: the birch tree. While this peeling is very historically significant as local First Nation groups would take advantage of the ability of the tree to peel and survive to make birch bark canoes for a white girl … Continue reading

Which way does a tree lean?

If conditions are ideal a tree grows straight up. However, scarce resources may cause trees to grow with a lean, and it turns out that the direction and amount of this lean is affected by where a tree is in the world. Johns et al (2017) focused on a specific tree, Cook Pine, and found … Continue reading

I need to see a tree

I need to see a tree. It’s a biological or perhaps a psychological need. I’ve often worked multiple jobs and gone to school. But very rarely does my pace catch up to me. Until, given conditions such as the length of the day prevent me from seeing nature. I mean yeah, there’s a couple trees … Continue reading

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