Many of the Ancients believed that all things were composed of four ‘elements’ – earth, fire, air and water. Although we generally ‘believe’ differently today (after all, we’ve discovered elements composed of protons, neutrons, electrons, etc), that quartet still exerts a profound influence on plant life. So, over my next few posts there follows a modern-day take on that ancient theme.
About the author
Nigel is a botanist and full-time academic at Bath Spa University (Bath, near Bristol, UK). As News Editor for the Annals of Botany he contributes the monthly Plant Cuttings column to that august international botanical organ. His main goal is to inform (hopefully, in an educational, and entertaining way...) about plants and plant-people interactions.
- Plant Records: When Land Doesn’t Mean Land… by Nigel Chaffey
- Plant Records: An ever increasing pot of gold by Editor Pat Heslop-Harrison
- Plant Records: Don’t judge ryegrass by its looks by Susanne Barth
- Plant Records: The Plant that Fooled Millions by Anne Osterrieder
- Alarming role for druse* crystals by Nigel Chaffey