Snow is not always white

In some coastal areas in Antarctica, the snow can look red, orange, green, or a blend of all three. This colour is natural and is actually made up of tiny microscopic living cells called snow-algae. Red snow‐algae bloom on Léonie Island, Ryder Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. Courtesy of Matthew Davey. Snow algae are tiny plants that can survive and bloom in the slushy snow du...
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How to spot the wood despite the trees

Research published in New Phytologist highlights a promising new method for plant identification based on chemical fingerprinting. Identifying trees can be tricky.  Especially in environments with high levels of diversity, where groups of very closely related, morphologically similar trees co-exist.  This is particularly true in tropical rainforests. Traditionally botanists h...
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