I recently read an article in the Metero paper on how Indonesia is planning to release 3K wasps to help protect their crops from the invasive mealybug infestation that has already hit in country. This concept was interesting to me as they plan to use natural predators, natures own to fight off an invasive pest that threatens … Continue reading Using Predators to Fight off Invasive Pests!
Being a Scientist is a challenging process but it can be rewarding. Like any field of study, its often about hitting the books and kramming in as much specialized jargon as ones brain can maintain. But from experience I can tell you, going into the field and armed to learn about this terminology is one of the … Continue reading Hands on Fact
The basic components for life are CO2/O2 (depending on your origins), water, and light. Without these as far as we know, nothing can grow. So how do we colonize a planet with CO2, light and water that has a lot of rocks and is colder than Earth (cough, Mars)? We take lichen of course! The symbiotic relationship … Continue reading Plants for Mars
The white spotted bush frogfrog (raorchestes chalazodes), thought to have been extinct for 100 years was rediscovered in the bamboo forest in the western ghats mountain range! Originally local to south India this little frog comes in at 25mm or less in length. What is unique about this little frog is that when they breed, … Continue reading new breeding strategies in frogs
A plant known as Ayahuasca can be found in the Amazon, used by the local aboriginals as a hallucinogenic when brewed properly which induces a near death experience. This plant was discovered by an ethnobotanist in the 1950's. In a book by Beatriz Caiuby Labate and Clancy Cavnar on the Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca, Jose … Continue reading Ayahuasca
Many plants that grow wildly and domestically in Ontario have healing properties that we could take advantage of without having to over use western pills for simple issues such as sleep, indigestion, muscle aches and pains, and headaches. Some common herbs that can be harvested include: Thyme: Leaves of the home plant can be used … Continue reading Herbs for every day