Welcome to Fascination of Plants Day on AoB Blog


Today is Fascination of Plants Day. To cel­eb­rate we’ll have a few posts out today. At mid­day we have a review of What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz, a book that shows how fas­cin­at­ing plants can be. At 17:00 there’s news of why the people apply­ing for the Mars One real­ity pro­gramme had bet­ter like salad.

First up we go inside a cell to look at Golgi bod­ies, which move through the cell over the sur­face of the endo­plas­mic retic­ulum. Is there a phys­ical con­nec­tion? The answer should be easy to find, you just find a Golgi body and tug. But what do you use to tug a Golgi body? Lasers!

FoPDWe’re cel­eb­rat­ing Fascination of Plants Day today on AoB Blog. As the day pro­gresses these links will become live:

  • 09:00: Welcome to Fascination of Plants Day
    That’s this entry. Hello!
  • 13:00: What a Plant Knows by Daniel Chamovitz
    A review of the book that reveals how a plant senses its envir­on­ment. It reveals how a plant can ‘see’ by sens­ing light, or how it can ‘talk’ to other plants. But is it fas­cin­at­ing?
  • 17:00: Will Martian cuisine have a ter­ri­fy­ing secret?
    The col­on­ists for Mars One will ven­ture into a hos­tile envir­on­ment farther from their fam­il­ies than any human has gone before. It’s a dif­fi­cult life, but one that might be harder still when they see what’s for lunch.
  • 21:00: 10 Plants used to spice up sex
    Spice is a bit of a give-away that some plants have been used as aph­ro­dis­i­acs but you might be sur­prised at what com­mon plants have been used to ignite desire.

Alun Salt. ORCID 0000-0002-1261-4283

When he's not the web developer for AoB Blog, Alun Salt researches something that could be mistaken for the archaeology of science. His current research is about whether there's such a thing as scientific heritage and if there is how would you recognise it?

4 Responses

  1. Excellent use of the PULP-O-MIZER!