Celebrating 100 posts

I recently published the 100th post on this blog and, I must admit, it crept up on me. It doesn’t feel as though much time has passed since I published the very first post, but that was all the way back in February 2016. Much like the riotous vegetation that crowds the canal towpath on my cycle route to work at this time of year, the blog has grown with considerable vigour. It’s blossomed into something I’m proud of.

Behind the ongoing success of the New Phyt blog are the many, many people who have contributed to it. Whether in the form of guest posts, or responses to my requests for information for the Behind the Cover series, the blog wouldn’t be possible without these contributions. Thank you to everyone who got in touch with information, commented on my drafts, and wrote posts!

I don’t feel like I can let this opportunity pass by without weeding out some personal highlights. With so many great contributions to choose from, selecting these posts was a difficult task, but here are some of my favourite stories (I’m sorry if yours isn’t in this list):

Behind the Cover 217:3
This colourful cover image, drawn by Claire Stanley and described in this guest post by Claire Stanley and Guido Grossmann, illustrates a fascinating technique for carrying out detailed controlled experiments on roots.

Deeper purple: how temperature affects pollen colour
It’s always difficult to resist the urge to include a pun in the headline, so when the opportunity to reference the 1970s rock behemoths Deep Purple presented itself, I couldn’t really decline. This is a story about a neat study that links pollen colour, pollinating insects, and climate change, across the USA.

Camel crickets carry seeds
Researchers in Japan discovered a really weird method of seed dispersal, employed by ghostly heterotrophic plants of the forest understory, where the light and wind seldom penetrate.

Tricks, traps and tree shrew toilets
Chris Thorogood writes about some of my favourite plants – pitcher plants – in this entertaining post that covers convergent evolution, small furry mammals, and plant-based betrayal. What more can you ask for?

Behind the Cover 216:4
“Winter has come to Lake Miroir. Below the surface, deep down in the dark, the lakebed sediments tell a story of ice and fire.”


Trigger warning: how the Venus flytrap got its snap
I find carnivorous plants endlessly fascinating. This post describes how the charismatic Venus flytrap came by its lightning reactions.

Turning defence into a carnivorous offence in cape sundew
Sarah Jose writes about a fascinating experiment, in which the researchers essentially prodded carnivorous sundew plants to find out how they worked.

There is plenty to look forward to in the next 100 posts on the New Phyt blog and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you. If you would like to contribute, please get in touch with me – I’m always on the look-out for guest posts!

Thanks for reading, and here’s to the next 100 posts.

Mike Whitfield (@mgwhitfield)
Development Coordinator, Blog Editor
New Phytologist Trust

With special thanks to:
Sarah Lennon, Bitty Roy, Melinda Barnadas, Tobias Policha, Gerhard Gebauer, Viktor Tsyganov, Geraint Parry, Julie Deslippe, Ole Pedersen, Barry Scott, Cleiton Eller, Emily Sessa, Laura Lagomarsino, Guillaume Chomicki, Naden Krogan, Alan Little, Olivier Hamant, Hugh Cross, Sam Starko, Frank Gilliam, Jacob Heilmann-Clausen, Sarah Jose, Amanda De Souza, Steve Long, Hendrik Poorter, Ainhoa Martínez-Medina, Barbara Bentz, Sérgio Brommonschenkel, Øystein Opedal, Etienne Laliberté, Belinda Medlyn, Vincent Merckx, Sean Graham, Alistair Hetherington, Gabriela Auge, Rob Skelton, Sascha Ismail, Chris Kettle, Cecilia Chavana-Bryant, Jake Bryant, Hamilton Beltrán, Oscar Vargas, Rich Norby, Sandy Hetherington, Rieko Fujinami, Ian Dickie, Diana de la Cruz, Matthias Benoit, Florian Boucher, Katie Field, Sofia van Moorsel, Peter Ayres, Andrej Pavlovič, Christopher Carcaillet, Olivier Blarquez, Chris Thorogood, Kenji Suetsugu, Laurent Mène-Saffrané, David Eissenstat, M. Luke McCormack, Zeqing Ma, Hiroshi Maeda, Claire Stanley, Guido Grossmann, Marc-André Selosse, Ashley Pridgeon, Alexandra Matei, Gunther Doehlemann, Beth Roskilly, Antony van der Ent, Kai Konrad, Tina Gianquitto, Dawn Sanders, Lauren LaFauci, Laura Denton, Yuki Nakamura.