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Bumblebees hug shooting stars

If pressed about the most beautiful of our native flowers, I could not name a single species, but I could come up with a short list and it would certainly include shooting star, Dodecatheon pulchellum.

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Innovations highlight the classrooms of today

The College of Arts and Sciences is partnering with other units on our campus to upgrade many of our classrooms, creating some of the world’s best places for teaching and learning.

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Chicory's defensive compounds make a tasty hot drink

Compounds that evolve to discourage insect herbivores have caused ranchers, farmers and beverage lovers have moved chicory from continental Europe throughout the world.

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Pretty but odiferous miner's socks attract flies

By Jeff Mitton The name of bistort, one of our alpine wildflowers, is amusing. I am not referring to the Latin binomial (Polygonum {formerly Bistorta} bistortoides) nor “bistort,” a simple contraction of the former name of the Genus. “Miner’s socks” is the most distinctive and descriptive name and it tickles my humor. Miner’s socks are found in a […]

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Brilliant sumac keeps most herbivores at bay

By Jeff Mitton The eastern face of Flagstaff Mountain lights up each fall as clones of smooth sumac, Rhus glabra, turn brilliant red. Fall brings out the best in clonal species — quaking aspen, gambel oak, chokecherry and smooth dogwood. I hiked up the Flagstaff Mountain trail to get a closer look and found that […]

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