By Margaret Bayne, OSU Extension Staff-retired, OSU Master Gardener

July/August 2019

European earwig. Robin Rosetta, OSU

WSU scientists unmask the humble earwig as an apple-protecting predator. (Seth Truscott,, WSU)

Native forest plants rebound when invasive shrubs are removed.  While this relates to the east coast, it is very informative. (Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State U)

Watering space plants is hard, but NASA has a plan. (Ellen Airhart,

Decoding the mathematical secrets of plants’ stunning leaf patterns.  “A Japanese shrub’s unique foliage arrangement leads botanists to rethink plant growth models.” (Maddie Burakoff,

Twice as many plants have gone extinct than birds, mammals, and amphibians combined (Erik Stokstad,

Find out what causes the little white spheres on spinach leaves? (Becky Sideman, U of New Hampshire)

Learn what can be a cause of misshapen strawberries. (

How to tell the difference between bees, wasps, & flies…watch the video! (Dr. Gail Langellotto-Rhodaback, OSU via youtube)

Hydrangea. OSU

How are hydrangea flower colors determined? (Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, FS309E, WSU)

Photosynthesis at work…cool video! (BBC via youtube)

Why calcium deficiency is not the cause of blossom-end rot in tomato and pepper fruit – a reappraisal. (Max C. Saure,

Flowers can hear buzzing bees—and it makes their nectar sweeter. (Michelle Z. Donahu,

‘X’ marks the spot: The possible benefits of nectar guides to bees and plants. (Anne S. Leonard  & Daniel R. Papaj, British Ecological Society)

Learn about natural insecticides. (Todd Murray: & Catherine Daniels; WSU, OSU, U of ID, PNW publication 649)

White tailed deer. US Forest Service

Learn from an expert about managing wildlife conflicts in your home and garden. (Dana Sanchez, OSU, PNW 719)

Paper wasps capable of behavior that resembles logical reasoning.  “A new study provides the first evidence of transitive inference, the ability to use known relationships to infer unknown relationships, in a nonvertebrate animal: the lowly paper wasp.” (U of Michigan, via

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