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One of my mother's favorite hobbies is gardening. She excels at it, indoor and outdoor. She remediates family members' plants, gives out clippings, offers advice to people just starting out in gardening or starting out with a new species. #BlackBotanistsWeek
She used to joke that she loves her plants more than her kids, because they don't talk back to her. Touché.

She was probably the first person to show me how to appreciate and take care of the land through gardening. #BlackBotanistsWeek
Yesterday was the last day of #blackbotanistsweek, so I wanted to make some portraits of my favorite of the #blackbotanists in the indoor garden she's worked on for nearly 30 years now.
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Happy Friday! It's #PlantAppreciation day for #BlackBotanistsWeek and I want to shout out the plants I use every day––spices! I'm going to try and identify them all on this thread from left to right. Image
Saffron comes from the plant Crocus sativus. The stigma/styles are what create the spice after being dried. It’s the most expensive spice in the world due to how labor intensive it is to harvest as it is hand-picked. It takes about 80 hours to pick about 2lbs (.9kg) of saffron.
Salvia rosmarinus is the first herbs I was able to recognize in my mother’s garden. There are a bunch of different cultivars. The latin translation of this plant is “dew of the sea” because it thrives in Mediterranean like climates and the leaves/flowers/stems are used in cooking Image
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Hello all! It's #BlackBotanistsWeek and today, I'd like to share my love for plants by telling you a story about why I chose to study tree responses to #climatechange and how I go about doing so 🌿🍃 #BlackPlantLove 1/10 Image
Years ago, when I was a first year graduate student at @ColumbiaGSAS @LamontEarth, I read about the pressures organisms are facing when it comes to climate change, such as increased air temperatures, changes in precipitation, more extreme weather events, etc. 🌿2/10
In response to persistent climatic changes over the last century, most organisms have shifted their range distributions and even their abundances within their range. The ability to migrate to suitable habitat is much easier for mobile organisms. 🍃3/10
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I'm very pleased to share the result of a big project @GEB_macro co-led by @ThaiseEmilio and involving LOTS of collaborators from 48 countries and many institutions.

🌴 The Global Abundance of Tree Palms 🌴…

Read down for more... Howea forsteriana in Lord Howe Island (Australia). Photo by
But first: There are lots of important things to focus on right now besides a new paper.


We hope this serves as another interesting example of the power, value, and need for diversity in ecology. We are excited to share it!
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🌴Palm trees are iconic tropical forest plants. At least in some places, palms are also very abundant. Did you know that 6 of the top 10 most abundant "tree" species in Amazonia are palms?🌴… Aerial photo of Quistococha, a Mauritia flexuosa palm swamp
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Day 2 of #BlackBotanistsWeek
I will be sharing some info about the study species for my Masters research 'Dodonaea viscosa' and it's #PlantInteractions with humans. It is commonly known as hop bush, sandolive and 'ysterhoud' which translates to ironwood.
When you look at the surface of its leaves you see that it's shiny and it also feels sticky. This is due to the exudation of various compounds that the plant produces. These compounds are broadly known as flavonoids, terpenoids, and saponins.
The combination of these phytochemicals gives the plant medicinal properties. It is used as traditional medicine by people across the globe. The leaves are usually seeped in boiling water and consumed as a tea to treat ailments such as fever and influenza.
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Hiii 👋🏾 I’m Taylor, a PhD student studying plant-microbe interactions. I’m a plant lover—yet I like to infect plants w/ bad bacteria🦠🤔 The interplay between plants and their pathogens is super interesting! #BlackBotanistsWeek Image
I owe my #BlackBotanicalLegacy to my granddad! He kept vegetable & fruit gardens. He was always tickled that I didn't mind helping him plant rows of corn or pull string beans (I just liked getting my hands dirty😂) My dad still maintains the gardens!
I got to college and my Intro to Biology teacher did a small section on plant biology. I was like... Oh plants are cool-cool 👀I didn't know plant-bio was so dope OR that plant science jobs EXISTED until I GOOGLED IT my freshman year 😭
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Welp here goes. Hey guys, I'm Kevin Cox, a 2nd year postdoc at the @DanforthCenter! I study plant-microbe interactions to figure out how plants "get sick" by microbes. I use single-cell RNA-seq methods to determine how plant cells and microbes "talk". #BlackBotanistsWeek 1/3
I consider myself a late bloomer (plant pun 😂). I didn't get into plant biology until the end of my JR year @umsl. It was during this time that I got a part-time lab assistant job at Danforth. Then I did my PhD @TAMU in Plant Pathology before returning. A full circle!😅 2/3
Outside of lab, I do outreach by visiting elementary schools to do fun science activities! I also have a YouTube and Twitch channel where I play video games or make videos to educate ppl on science! Feel free to check them out! 3/3
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Day 1 of #BlackBotanistsWeek
My name is Mizpah Hoffman and I am a South African botanist who specializes in medicinal plant biology, phytochemistry and ethnobotany. Growing Dodonaea viscosa which is a medicinal plant and was
Growing up the use of plant herbal remedies was a common practice in our household, from preparing Aloe juice with Aloe picked from our backyard, to growing a small mint bush and adding it to rooibos tea. As a child I think I learnt about plants partly through my sense of taste.
I remember seeing Oxalis plants growing everywhere and once tasting its sour leaves. People usually called it 'suurings' where 'suur' is Afrikaans for sour. I now know that the sour taste is due to oxalic acid in the plant which can be toxic in large quantities. #Botany101 My prettiest Oxalis photo
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Today is the first day of #BlackBotanistsWeek and we're highlighting our #BlackRoots through our #BlackBotanicalLegacy. An unsung #Botany101 hero is Antione, a botanical genius who successfully produced a new variety of thin shelled pecan. 1/5 Cultivated paper shell pecans
Antoine was a remarkable gardner and cultivated the extensive gardens and orchards of Oak Valley Plantation in the mid 1800s. Because of his renown talents, he was tasked with producing this new variety after multiple failed experiments by an amateur botanists in Louisiana 2/5 Oak Valley Plantation (Louisiana USA) Informational Poster &
In 1846 he grafted a wild pecan to seedling pecan stocks creating his variety "Centennial" (named for winning an award at the Philly Centennial Exposition in 1876). By 1848 Antione had produced 110 thriving pecan trees thus resolving the problem of hard to crack pecans. 3/5
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Hello! I’m Jade and I am a PhD student in the @SpoelLab. I currently work on understanding how plants regulate responses to environmental stress by signalling via oxidants and antioxidant systems.
#BlackBotanistsWeek 1/4 Arabidopsis plant showing c...Jade in brightly lit plant ...
My botanical journey started properly during my undergraduate degree @UniversityLeeds. Since then, I have had amazing opportunities to work on a range of topics, from palm tree physiology to molecular plant pathology of crops. 2/4
When not in the lab, I can often be found exploring botanical gardens! 3/4 Edinburgh Botanical Gardens...Physalis alkekengi (Chinese...Jade laughing getting caugh...Red Anthurium. Dark green l...
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Black knowledge creators who've shaped how we think about & experience ECOLOGY, NATURE & CLIMATE. A (large yet nonexhaustive) THREAD.

This is part of our "Spotlighting Black Scientists & Ways of Knowing" series, check out the previous part on Technology⬇️
We’re sharing these threads as part of our #ScientistSolidarity Drive which ends TOMORROW, calling on non-Black scientists to support orgs/funds doing grassroots racial justice and abolition work. We're only $300 away from our (updated) $6110 match goal!
First up, Black Radical Ecology teaches us that environmental destruction stems from white pursuits of power/the Eurocolonial capitalist idea that humans rank above all in nature. @RantzFanon says: "To save ourselves & the planet, we must oppose all forms of (white) authority…
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