Tag Archives: Plants

Trail adventures

Interested to join our MIREN Trail Survey? Find all the details here. The story below gives you a feel of how it works. The 20th of June, Davos, Swiss Alps. The day before the longest day of the year, and amazing … Continue reading

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Hunting down plants

I introduced him already in an earlier post: our hero of this spring is the easy-to-overlook flower called Matricaria discoidea, the pineappleweed. We are hunting down populations from all over Belgium to explore differences caused by humans: are the plants growing differently … Continue reading

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Collective science is the best science

When scientists (or people in general) work together, magic happens. I am a dedicated advocate of that policy: if a lot of people all do a little bit of work, the level of interest of the results skyrockets. I was … Continue reading

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An important tool in the toolbox

Last week, I had the opportunity to teach the students of our third Bachelor in Biology a little lesson about vegetation surveys. It was a half a day course in the framework of their course on Good Field Practices, in … Continue reading

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Mascot

The Mountain Invasion Research Network now has its own official mascot: a grass! A newly discovered Poa-species got named after our network, carrying the Latin name Poa mireniana. Poa mireniana is a slender stoloniferous grass, with leaves with a broader and … Continue reading

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Sowing the seeds

This weird-looking bunch of office plants is actually much more than it seems: it is the start of a new experiment, which will broaden our scientific horizon to the world of population genetics. The lucky model species is Matricaria discoidea, … Continue reading

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Plant species are on the move, and it is us humans who are moving them

Today, I am finally defending the results of all these years of hard work. For those who cannot join me in the celebrations at the University of Antwerp, here is – in short – the message I want to tell … Continue reading

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