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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Erin Zimmerman

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https://www.drerinzimmerman.com/
Erin Zimmerman is a botanist turned science writer and sometimes botanical illustrator. She did her PhD at the University of Montréal and worked as a post-doctoral fellow with the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture. She was a plant morphologist, but when no one wanted to pay her to do that anymore, she started writing about them instead. Her other plant articles (and occasional essays) appear in Smithsonian Magazine, Undark, New York Magazine, Narratively, and elsewhere. Read her stuff at www.DrErinZimmerman.com. Erin can also be found talking about plants and being snarky on Twitter @DoctorZedd.

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Palms show huge variation in their resistance to drought-induced embolism

This study represents the first estimate of drought-induced xylem embolism in palms across biomes and provides the first step towards understanding hydraulic adaptations in long-lived arborescent monocots.

Spine type and resource availability affect when saplings grow their defences

For young woody plants, being eaten by large mammals is a major threat and source of sapling mortality. Some species produce spines...

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