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

Photo: OSU

Study shows some urban gardens contain too much organic matter. (Kym Pokorny, OSU; via Mykl Nelson & James Cassidy, OSU)

Environmental Injury: Winter Burn of Evergreens. (Marianne Ophardt & Rita Hummel, WSU)

Pollen adaptation to ant pollination: a case study from the Proteaceae. “Ant-plant associations are widely diverse and distributed throughout the world, leading to antagonistic and /or mutualistic interactions. “ (Nicola Delnevo, et al: Annals of Botany, Oxford U)

Beetles and Wasps vie for title of most diverse critter. (Nell Greenfield Boyce,

Longevity study reveals why ancient trees can stave off death.  “New research “can help us better understand the concept of time in biology.”

Thorns to branches. “The pointy defense system relied on by many plants has an interesting origin story. Thorns start out as branch-like structures that grow out of the main stem and then, all of a sudden, turn into sharp death spikes. Now, researchers have not only figured out how that happens, but also how it can be stopped.” (Joram,

Photo: Bernadine Strik, OSU

REVISED PUBLICATION: Growing Strawberries in your Home Garden. (Bernadine Strik, et al; OSU)

Gall fly outmaneuvers host plant in game of ‘Spy vs. Spy.’ (Sara LaJeunesse, Penn State U)

What has been thought and taught on the Lunar influence on plants in agriculture?  Perspective from Physics and Biology. (Olga Mayoral, et al; U of Velencia Spain)

Amber specimens reveal vivid color of 99-million-year-old insects. (

How the Giant Sequoia protects itself: a three-dimensional network of fibers makes the bark resistant to fire and rock fall. (University of Freiburg)

Ants on Peony flowers: an enduring myth.  Do ants harm peonies? (Old Farmers

First Detector summer national webinar series. Improve your diagnostic skills with tips and tricks to help you recognize symptoms of common plant problems. Brush up on identification features of pests on the move like spotted lanternfly, Asian longhorned beetle, and oak wilt. (National Plant Diagnostic Network)

Lichen. Photo: OSU

Nature and pollution: what lichens tell us about toxic air. By Beth Askham, Natural History Museum)

Study in Philadelphia links growth in tree canopy to decrease in human mortality. (USDA Forest Service)

Tomato’s hidden mutations in study of 100 varieties (

A Bee C: Scientists translate honeybee queen duets. (Victoria Gill, BBC News)

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