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Apr
26
comment Does the use of “var”, “x”, and/or “ssp” in a scientific name provide specific information?
are there definitions of "var.", "ssp", and "x" available? are they used consistently in the ICZN approved list of plant names?
Apr
26
comment Does the use of “var”, “x”, and/or “ssp” in a scientific name provide specific information?
I know what words are being abbreviated, and what they generally mean. I am wondering if the uses have clear definitions and consistent use
Apr
25
revised Does the use of “var”, “x”, and/or “ssp” in a scientific name provide specific information?
edited title
Apr
25
asked Does the use of “var”, “x”, and/or “ssp” in a scientific name provide specific information?
Apr
24
comment Effects of beer on muscle recovery after exercise
The reference is not relevant - the title says "acute" but the question refers to "even just one beer"
Apr
11
comment Why do plants have green leaves and not red?
@TobiasKienzler green leaves stay cool via transpiration, not because they efficiently use solar radiation.
Apr
8
comment Why do plants have green leaves and not red?
If leaves were black, they would get too hot.
Apr
8
comment How will rising carbon dioxide levels in the troposphere affect photosynthetic producers?
+1 the network of FACE sites answers this exact question comprehensively. Still, providing referenced in std format rather than links would make the answer more useful.
Apr
7
comment Why do the sick and unhealthy trees leaf out first in spring?
Can you be more specific than "I have kept careful track of it"? Have you kept records? How do you quantify tree health? How many trees? Are they all approximately the same size? Do they grow in similar soil and light environments?
Apr
5
awarded  Scholar
Apr
5
accepted Is there a standard format for plant community composition data?
Apr
4
comment Why do the sick and unhealthy trees leaf out first in spring?
Be cautious about drawing conclusions from casual observation. There may be within-species variability in the timing of leaf-out. It is possible that trees that leaf out first are more likely to be infected (or to have been infected in previous years).
Apr
4
comment Why do the sick and unhealthy trees leaf out first in spring?
-1 for use of the ambiguous (and unscientific) term "trashy trees"
Apr
3
awarded  Quorum
Apr
3
awarded  Commentator
Apr
3
comment Why do some fruits have a much wider range of acceptable sizes than others?
@chm maybe a good answer could address "R vs K selected species"
Apr
1
comment Do immature fruits perform photosynthesis?
it would be great if you could provide specific references rather than "some shading experiments" that would be helpful. I am also curious about how such a shading experiment is conducted, what measurements are used to estimate the "30%", and what assumptions are made.
Apr
1
comment What are all possible vectors for unicellular human parasites?
I think the textbook answer is good here, and in line with epidemiological terminology. There are always exceptions, and this topic is outside of my area of expertise. Perhaps you could ask your professor for some more details on the use of the term "vector" - maybe print out this discussion and ask for details that you could use to improve your post.
Apr
1
comment How can I pare down a PDB file in Python to only include specific residues?
Better fit for scicomp.se?
Mar
27
comment Why are trichomes important for both the roots and shoots of plants?
This question would be better with more context. Trichome is a generic term for diverse, often microscopic, structures with a wide variety of functions. The question "but how does that work" should be addressed separately.