When in doubt, sniff a tree. No, really! Botanists and rainforest ecologists follow their noses to identify certain species in addition to looking at the plant's flowers, and counting leaves on branches. Read more about Investigating the Trees of Amazonia
Blogs & Videos: Plants
Learn about Jessica Mohlman and her FMWIS project, “Southern Mexican Economic Botany”. Within the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, there is an excavation site by the name of El Palmillo, a hilltop terrace community which once held the residence of the Zapotec people. While this area was one of the driest in the Valley of Oaxaca, it had some of the largest populations after the Classic Period. The communities were able to survive due to drought resistant plants. These drought resistant plants were used for food, alcohol, medicine, and sources of fiber within this region. Read more about Field Museum Women in Science (FMWIS) Internships 2014 -- Jessica Mohlman
Team Brain Scoop is about to helicopter into a biologically unknown region of the Peruvian jungle with a team of conservationists to study and document the area's biodiversity for the first time in its history. Read more about Into Perú
Join us for Part II in our quest to uncover the tropical world of ancient Fossil Lake! Palm trees in Wyoming! Sex in the fossil record! Read more about Fossil Fish, Pt. II: A History
Where biology and engineering meet: let's puzzle out what the function is for some of our specimens! QUIZ SHOW! Read more about What the Function? with Smarter Every Day!
While many literature indexes are available online, taxonomic literature is often found in local journals or even hobbyist magazines not indexed by major academic publishing houses. This list attempts to remedy that by bringing together most references of importance to Neotropical plant taxonomy. Dates in parentheses indicate the dates of available online content at time of compiling the list, and not the publication dates of the journal. Journal titles in black are those for which no website was found. The following sources were very useful in compiling the list:
Read more about Journals of Neotropical Vascular Plant Taxonomy
Special thanks to Christine Niezgoda for showing us around the collection! I can't wait to start our musical band. Read more about The Economic Botanical Collection
Happy Holidays from The Brain Scoop team! Read more about The Nondenominational Holiday Botanical Celebration
A couple of weeks ago some colleagues and I wrote a paper in Science reporting some new findings on Amazonian forests. Some of the findings are actually just numbers, and one of those numbers is really big. It's the number of trees we think probably grow in the Amazon, and it's 390 billion. Read more about How many trees are there in the Amazon?
The Amazon rainforest is home to the world’s greatest plant diversity. But the vast extent and inaccessibility of Amazonian forests have, until recently, prevented scientists from answering one of the simplest questions about the Amazon – how many trees are out there? Read more about The Amazon’s Black Box