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Botany is the scientific study of plants. Topics may include: Evolution, Ecology, Morphology, Systematics, and Physiology.

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Hello Botanists! Sorry to be a bother, but I need some advice on something career related.

Hello all! I don't want to take too much of your time. I am a student currently studying in my first year of university, with the intention of graduating with a STEM degree. While I know (as of now) what I want to study/find out scientifically speaking, I've hit a conundrum that I'm unsure of how to work out.

In short, I'm currently deciding between a B.S. in Conservation Biology and Wildlife Management (with a double minor in Biochemistry and Horticulture), and a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology and Physics). One would primarily give me groundwork in Botanical science while the latter is a foundation for further study in Geochemistry, Astronomy, etc.

My biggest and most passionately felt personal scientific questions are definantly in the category of Astrobiology (early origin of life, organic/geo chemistry, where life can potentially be found in the universe), but some of the chemistry work that seemingly is involved is less interesting to me. I enjoy it, to be sure, and can certainly do it, but I'm uncertain if I would enjoy a career doing primarily that if my dreams didn't pan out as I want them to (i.e. doing chemistry work in a field other than Astrobiology/Botany).

On the other hand, while I don't have nearly as much burning scientific passion for botany in the sense of questions (outside of Astrobotany, which I for sure want to research either way, one day), I LOVE the work itself: working with plants, their biology, environmental factors, how their development can be altered/developed, etc.

So TLDR; Should I study a subject that I am "bird's-eye-view" fascinated by, but don't enjoy the pragmatic work as much for, or should I study a subject that I have less "inquiry"-based interest in but absolutely love to work in?

I would sincerely appreciate any advice/thoughts. I know ya'll will likely be biased in favor of one lol, but from your personal experience in Science GENERALLY, what would be your advice?

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2024/02/11
14:41 UTC

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Small scale hydroponic system?

Wanting to start growing herb 🌲 wondering if a countertop hydro system would be ok to use for start up, any feedback is welcome

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2024/02/11
21:25 UTC

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Poisonous Vs. Venomous - Poison Ivy

Hi all. My girlfriend was explaining to me the difference between poisonous (ingesting) vs venomous (being bitten?). I was thinking about Poison ivy so I asked her why it is called poison ivy if I don’t eat it and it “poisons” and suggested it should instead be called Venomous Ivy..

We looked everywhere but couldn’t find an explanation as to why it isn’t called Venomous. Anyone have an explanation for this? It’s bugging us lol.

Thanks!

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2024/02/11
22:00 UTC

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Botany as a career

Can I become a botanist without having to publish my own research and simply work as a field researcher? Will my education require me to do novel research?

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2024/02/10
06:02 UTC

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I’m an undergrad completely uninspired choosing a thesis topic.

I'm fascinated by many things, but I haven't found one specific area to focus on yet. I want to work on something meaningful and innovative, like developing fungi that decompose plastic or improving biofortification.

Idk. Throw any suggestions im wide open

Edit: guys thank you! I’m loving the suggestions

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2024/02/08
23:44 UTC

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Conservatory job

hello!

I have landed an interview for my dream job at a plant conservatory. I currently work at a small plant shop, so I have lots of on-hand knowledge about the general care of houseplants. I learn something new everyday and I'm always excited to learn more. I don't have any formal schooling background for botany or horticulture, but I do consider myself a plantsperson. This conservatory job will be a huge step up for me experience-wise and financially and I really want to impress the folks interviewing me. I want to be as prepared as possible, and am curious if anyone has been in a similar position who have advice to offer. What kind of questions could I expect? What kind of questions should I ask?

Really nervous about it, as I really want to land this job. Any advice or expertise is appreciated! Thanks so much.

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2024/02/08
23:55 UTC

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Longest lived colorful/blooming trees?

I'm curious about what types of trees produce flowers or colourful leaves. So far I know about magnolias which can live up to 120 and the Gingko biloba which turns into bright yellow during autumn and lives to a thousand years. I would like to know if there is more

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2024/02/08
20:30 UTC

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I'm looking for some sort of environmental growth parameters database?

Hey everyone, Not sure if this is the right sub, but I'm building these controlled environmental chambers for an art project in school and am looking for some sort of plant parameters database. A friend recommended the ball redbook, which I bought, and it's a good resource, but I'm looking for information on more "rare" plants, African succulents, (pachypodium, euphorbia, adenia, etc) cactus, tropical plants (alocasia, colocasia, monsteras, philodendrons, anthuriums, hoyas, etc) Is there some database (or book) that would break down all the growth parameters for them all? (Ph, light, ec, moisture, humidity, etc,etc) Everything is going to be controlled by sensors and living in little glass boxes so I wanted to have each plant living their best life in their little box. Anyway, I appreciate the help.

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2024/02/08
00:35 UTC

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How do plants Actually produce sugars?

So, in middle school, you learn that in photosynthesis, plants turn light, water, and CO2 into oxygen and glucose. But now, I am studying biology at university and I have actually looked into the details, and found out that this is not true.

The product of the Calvin Cycle is Glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate, not glucose. I have been trying to research how plants convert the G3P to Glucose, but I have found shockingly little information about the process online. It does seem like Sucrose and starch are the first sugars that are produced, not glucose. However, I am still having a hard time figuring out the exact step-by-step process that produces sucrose and starch from the G3P. Does anyone know about this, or know of resources that explain this?

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2024/02/08
21:25 UTC

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Best websites to research plants I can’t see in real life?

What is the best websites to research plants that we can’t see in person? Such as the plants on the poison garden in the UK I think?

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2024/02/07
18:55 UTC

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Stomata structure

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2024/02/07
13:55 UTC

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Cotton shrubs

Are they labeled as toxic to animals ? I searched all over the internet but all the Information were varied some were yes and some were no .

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2024/02/07
08:58 UTC

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Plant Spotting/watching? Newbie questions.

Greetings
I stumbled on the Leaf Morphology article on Wiki and it facinated me. Now I'm not sure what to search for for more info on the topic/hobbie. But plant identifing and cataloging and such, is there a guide to the subject? No so much on plants them seves but like a beginners guide to bird watching, tips on sampling and cataloging and so forth?
Even a forum or blog thread on it would be great? Youtube maybe?
Sorry if this all seems obvious stuff but some searching didn't cover the kind of info on basic beginning.

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2024/02/07
02:55 UTC

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how can i start?

i live in a place with heavy plant life, and learning to ID vegetation has always been something i've wanted to do. so far i've gotten these two books:

Plant Identification Terminology by James Harris

Botany in a Day by Thomas J Elpel

any other resources/books for beginners?

12 Comments
2024/02/06
19:59 UTC

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Im looking for databases for Maryland Plant species

I am a student working on a project and i'm searching for databases on Maryland plants that include things like native status, range, and especially abundance. Im looking mainly at trees in particular so it would be best if it was possible to sort by trees/shrubs, herbs, ferns, etc.

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2024/02/06
15:49 UTC

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Floral diagram of A. Obesum

I have an idea of making a Floral diamgram tatoo and i would love to make one of a desert rose since i grew them all my life but i don't seem to be able to find une anywhere. Does anyone knows her i would be able to find some thing like that.

2 Comments
2024/02/05
03:07 UTC

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Difference in shape between pomegranate seedlings from same fruit

For fun I germinated two pomegranate seeds I obtained from a grocery store fruit (I assume its 'Wonderful' variety) and ive noticed that they have taken different forms. They have the same soil, light, water. All the pictures ive seen of pomegranate seedlings look like the one in the background, i havent seen any that start branching so early in their growth. Is this a normal thing, just genetic variation?

Also if anyone could give me their opinion on the health of these plants id be grateful. they are 35 days old

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2024/02/05
08:53 UTC

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Are there rotten trees that are hollow inside and are filled with insects?

Are there hollow rotten trees that are filled with insects?

5 Comments
2024/02/05
21:12 UTC

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Auxin response to light?

Hello, I am a Hort student writing a newsletter for a school assignment, on a subject of plant growth. I find auxin interesting. I wonder if Japanese maples get there twisted branches as the result of auxin and being an understory tree? (reaching for light under forest canopy)

I am hoping to find an interesting subject to show long terms effects besides leaning.

Thank you

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2024/02/05
21:20 UTC

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What do the following fruits/vegetables have in common?

I am pinpointing allergies, and a lot of mine cannot be tested according to the allergy doctor I called (name escapes me right now). I am curious how the following connect.

I started trying to search myself, and felt VERY overwhelmed. (I don't have any science background).

Strawberry.
Raspberry.
Cranberry. Red currants.

I cannot eat red berries, others such as blackberries, mulberries or blueberries are fine.

Pineapple.
Lemon.
Citrus in general.
Pomegranate.
Kiwi.

I can eat bland fruits like melons, peaches, apples and Pears.

Eggplants.
Tomato.
White potato.
Capsaicin family (peppers etc).
Other nightshade.

I also can't wear red or pink lipsticks or blushes.

I'm trying to pinpointing if any of this is connected.

5 Comments
2024/02/04
05:34 UTC

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Garden in the vision of the Late Devonian

If you were to plant a garden to look like a scene from the late Devonian, what would you plant?

11 Comments
2024/02/03
18:44 UTC

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US Restoration Botanists and Ethnobotanists - get in and let's restore some Milkweed and Monarch Habitats!

Hi, If you are a leader and active in a community org, state org, educational programs, and looking for a source to start a prairie/milkweed site rehab or state park rehab or preserve rehab using native/ecoregion specific milkweeds - bam - apply for this:

https://monarchwatch.org/.../free-milkweeds-for.../

You'll need to have a specific site/acreage in mind and be ready to deploy your restoration team in April/May when the plugs arrive (plus meet the other requirements.)

This would be a great project if you do regional Scout events, community or ani college biology/botany, extension programs, 4H, or as a community restore a area that is currently over mowed, a functional monoculture or rife with nonnatives/invasives, and ripe for a prairie revival.

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2024/02/03
19:17 UTC

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Question about pollinating date fruit.

I have 1 female and 3 male medjool date trees. The female is flowering but the males have not. Do the female flowers last long enough for the males to create pollen? Can I purchase pollen online of any date type?

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2024/02/04
00:40 UTC

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articles about allelopathy being used in targeting invasive species?

i’m collecting references for a paper i’m writing and really want to see if i can make this topic work, but i’m not finding a lot of (any) papers with this concept. i’ve only found papers revolving around the allelopathic effects of invasive plants on their surrounding environment.

if anybody knows of papers talking about something like this, pls link below!!

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2024/02/04
02:05 UTC

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