Author Archives: Andy Lowe

Why is leaf shape important to plants?

  Plants have different shaped leaves to cope with different environmental conditions. But  many plants change the shape of their leaves over time and space! Why?    

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Forests hiding in plain sight

A new global analysis looking at  the distribution of forests and woodlands has ‘found’ 467 million hectares of previously unreported forest in dryland ecosystems – a land area equivalent to 60% of Australia. In this day and age of advanced … Continue reading

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My, what big teeth you’ve got…

We may have been able to tame the dog – the only large carnivore to now happily coexist with humans. But how does domestication occur and can we learn from it to develop new animal breeds and crop varieties for … Continue reading

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Secrets of Australia’s rangelands uncovered

    The secrets of the understudied Australian rangelands, which make up 81% of the continent, have been exposed in new scientific work      

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Gardening in the face of a changing climate

Since 1880, the average global temperature has increased by 0.8°℃, with large changes in rainfall redistribution. With these changing conditions upon us, and set to continue, gardeners will have to alter the way they do things.

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Devil’s Gardens and the demon gardener

A Devil’s Garden at Posada Amazonas (Keith Martin) Imagine you are hacking your way through the Amazon rainforest and you venture across a grove completely devoid of ground vegetation and dominated by a single tree species. A highly unusual occurrence … Continue reading

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Cryptic but important genetic differences within species

As Charles Darwin noted, the physical differences between individuals of a species are  important for their future survival and success (or not). However there are also many not so obvious differences (known as cryptic variation) between individuals that give us important insights into the … Continue reading

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Tales from the forest – Teak

  Teak is one of the most valuable timber trees in the world, but where did it originally come from… Teak tree – from Jalan Jati -a project on memories of wood, trees and people and has been captured on film, exhibitions … Continue reading

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The sexual frustration of the isolated tree

Habitat clearance is threatening global biodiversity. In many places, isolated trees are all that remains of once extensive forest. So what happens to these trees and how can they survive in their new, highly modified environment without becoming the ‘living … Continue reading

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WTF acronym buster: REDD+ and GCF

REDD+ (Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) is nothing new, but how exactly does it help reduce deforestation and green house gas emissions and will it be given a new lease of life through the Green Climate Fund (GCF). The … Continue reading

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