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Author: Marla McIntosh
( Inserted on 25/03/2009 - 5721 Reads)

This video is from a class project made by students in "Introduction to Urban Forestry" at the University of Maryland. The concept developed after it became apparent that the students chose the class because it met general education science requirements but did not know what urban forestry was. Two students with videography experience filmed all of the classes and students were assigned topics to write the narrative for each section. The original video has been edited to 7 minutes by Doug Murphy, one of the student videographers. The video is by undergraduate students and for undergraduate students. It is meant to educate them about the meaning and value of urban forestry. It not only informs the audience about trees and important ecological concepts but also links trees to people. It is also an example of engaging students in a class by using their talents to communicate the materials learned. The video content can be summarized by the quote, "As university of Maryland students, College Park, we are learning from experts, from lecturers and from field experiences, educating our community. Why do we need our urban forest and green infrastructure, and why do we care?"

Author: Douglas W. Darnowski
( Inserted on 14/04/2009 - 2471 Reads)

Triggerplants (Stylidium spp.; Stylidiaceae) are amazing plants from Australia (and a very few from a few other places). They have a freaky pollination mechanism which works like a pulvinus, where male and female parts are fused into an organ called a column. This can whip through an arc and smack a pollinating insect in the head, transferring pollen. On top of that, they're carnivorous, using a totally different mechanism! The mechanisms of both the pollination and the carnivory are explained, with a little humor along the way.

Co-written by Mary Saner of Chestertown Maryland. Cowritten, filmed, and performed by the submitter. The submitter is co-founder of triggerplants.org and a botanist teaching at a regional campus of Indiana University.

Author: William E. Dyer
( Inserted on 16/04/2009 - 5404 Reads)

Wild oat (Avena fatua) seeds are burying themselves in soil.

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