Panama’s Native Tree Species Excel in Infertile Tropical Soils

Smithsonian’s Panama Canal Watershed Experiment Compares Monocultures and Mixes August 31, 2017 Teak, the most valuable species for tropical reforestation, often performs poorly in the acid soils of steeply sloping land in the tropics. As human population skyrockets and land becomes a scarce resource, balancing tradeoffs between reforestation, conservation, water …

Ultraviolet Light May be Ultra Important in Search for Life

August 31, 2017 In everyday life, ultraviolet, or UV, light earns a bad reputation for being responsible for sunburns and other harmful effects on humans. However, research suggests that UV light may have played a critical role in the emergence of life on Earth and could be a key for …