Heralding Hogweed

Factor in Forewarning Giant hogweed, Heracleum mantegazzianum, is federally listed as a noxious weed, it is invasive and potentially very harmful to humans; contact with this plant is highly discouraged. The sap of this plant, when combined with moisture and sunlight, can cause severe skin and eye irritation, painful blistering and possibly blindness and/or permanent scarring. While attempts…

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Late Blight Blues

Disease Distinction Late blight was first identified in the United States in 1842, but is most famous for its role in the Irish potato famine of the mid 19th century. Since that time it has been considered the most destructive disease to affect agricultural non-cereal crops. Late blight is caused by Phytophthora infestans, an organism…

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Thousand Cankers Condition

Infection Imposition Over the last decade the mortality of black walnut trees has increased in many states. Thousand Canker Disease (TCD) is the result of a tiny bark beetle which burrows in the bark and creates large and multitudinous galleries, making these trees susceptible to fungal disease and canker formation by creating an entry point…

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Deposition Dynamics

We are always talking of what plants uptake from the soil; nutrients, minerals, water, but what about the things plants deposit in the soil? Plants actually secrete compounds into the soil through their roots, this process is call rhizodeposition. Proteins; sloughed off plant cells and sugars secreted into the rhizosphere (narrow region of soil affected…

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Landmark Labelling

Albany, New York’s Pine Bush has been designated a National Natural Landmark (NNL) due to its presence as an outstanding example of a globally rare ecosystem. Joining 596 other such sites around the country, a National Natural Landmark is labelled as such because it is the best remaining example of a specific biological or geological…

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White Pine Weevil Wounds

Larvae from the white pine weevil, Pissodes strobi, has caused damage which has become very apparent in recent weeks. Larvae had begun feeding late April on the terminal leaders and the damage is very evident on eastern white pine, Douglas fir, Norway spruce, Siberian spruce and Colorado blue spruce. Larvae will have pupated and adults emerged by…

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Community Service in CT

The  Henry Whitfield State Museum, located in Guilford, CT, was home to the Whitfield family upon their arrival in the new world just 19 years after the pilgrims arrived in Plymouth. Journeying across the pond, Reverend Henry Whitfield sought to start a community free from religious persecution. Their family home was built with massive stone…

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