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The Next New Species Could be in Your Backyard: Why Exploration and Discovery Matter – Everywhere

Gregory M. Mueller, Ph.D. Chief Scientist and Negaunee Foundation Vice President of Science Chicago Botanic Garden When we think about discovering new species, we tend to envision tropical rainforests, remote deserts or lofty mountain peaks. But researchers, including myself, are taking a closer look at the landscapes right under our noses – in my case,…

Your Best Names for the Odd Picket Fence Maker

From the Tom Sawyer spider to the flytrap fungus—see some of National Geographic readers’ name suggestions for what built a mysterious “picket fence” in the Amazon.

Fungi Need Some Love, Too

As neither animal nor plant, the fungus is often the odd organism out—but a new initiative hopes to bring attention to fungi under threat.

BioBlitz Finds 489 Species in Rocky Mountain National Park

A 24-hour BioBlitz by some 150 scientists and 2,000 students this weekend identified 489 species alive and well in Rocky Mountain National Park. Or did a last-minute flyover by a bald eagle make the final count 490? Presenting the tally confirmed by scientists this afternoon, BioBlitz coordinators said there were 89 species of birds, 12…

Mushrooms a Magic Ingredient in Rocky Mountain BioBlitz

Bill Windsor of the Colorado Mycological Society was out gathering fungi for today’s Rocky Mountain National Park BioBlitz. Find out what mushrooms you can eat and — what you might want to avoid.

BioBlitz 2011 Vodcast 2: Endophytic Fungi

By Bob Hirshon, American Association for the Advancement of Science Saguaro National Park, Arizona–Not all of the organisms being counted at the BioBlitz are big and visible, like birds and snakes. Scientists are also surveying microscopic species, like the fungi in this video. Fungi make all sorts of useful compounds, and finding new ones could…

BioBlitz Identifies 859 Species in Saguaro National Park, and Counting …

When the clock stopped at noon on Saturday, more than 170 scientists and 2,000 students had collected or identified 859 species in the 94,000-acre park.

“Spongebob” Mushroom Named

Mushrooms are poisonous, hallucinogenic, glowing, and now, thanks to a new study, named after a children’s cartoon character. The new species, Spongiforma squarepantsii— found in 2010 in Sarawak, Malaysia—has a spongy appearance that reminded scientists of TV’s Spongebob Squarepants. “It’s just like a sponge with these big hollow holes,” San Francisco State University’s Dennis Desjardin…

Pitcher plants could be source of anti-fungal medicine

By James Robertson Carnivorous plants have developed a unique way to get the nutrients they need from sources other than soil.  Now researchers have found the plants also developed a way to protect their access to those nutrients that could have an impact on medicine. Researchers at Tel Aviv University tested the liquid from inside…