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Rust fungus induces flower mimics in host plants

Early in April, I was looking for the first of the spring flowers in the mountains and had found pasque flowers and, to my surprise, mountain ball cactus in bloom at Meyers Gulch, near Walker Ranch.

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Enjoying the multiple colors and forms of columbines

The blue columbine, Aquilegia coerulea, has the distinction of being the state flower, perhaps because it is one of the most beautiful and striking in the mountains.

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Ponderosa pines, mountain chickadees and western pine beetles migrated together

As the most recent glaciers subsided, ponderosa pines move north from their southern refuges. But it was not a solitary journey, for the pines brought along a community of dependent species.

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Chocolate through the ages followed a circuitous path

By Jeff Mitton           On a bleak, wintry day I went to the CU greenhouse to photograph tropical flowers in bloom. The greenhouse, managed by Thomas Lemieux with assistance from Janice Forbis, has a rich collection of species from tropical environments. In a hallway a tree with large seed pods caught […]

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Looking West

By Steven R. Leigh CU-Boulder’s relatively recent participation in the Pacific 12 Conference (Pac-12) has yielded significant opportunities for engagement with alumni and supporters all along the West Coast, coupled with remarkable academic opportunities. We have always enjoyed significant support from Pac-12 states, with thousands of alumni in these areas. Importantly, being a part of […]

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