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Dewy pink

Two exquisite photographs of Stemonitis axifera at Botany POTD. I see that this genus has been featured there before.

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Upcoming: 37

Dictyostelium slime molds from around the world will compete in the first ever Dicty World Race! Watch the time-lapse videos of cells navigating a maze embedded in a microfluidic device (nice Pac-Man obstacle) later this week, on 16 May.

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Some links: 70

A roundup of conservation and natural history links: A team at Towson University has launched a microsite and apps (for Android and iOS) for tracking the spread of the highly invasive Wavy-leaf Basketgrass (Oplismenus hirtellus ssp. undulatifolius). Janet Fang summarizes … Continue reading

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Look for the label

Amanda Rodewald, director of the Conservation Science program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, gives a 10-minute preso on bird-friendly coffee, in a video introduced by Gustave Axelson.

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Keep looking

Scott Weidensaul gives us a nudge to remember to look for bird-friendly certified shade-grown coffee. I will confess that I tend to grab anything that’s labelled organic at the market; my excuse is that coffee with the Smithsonian’s label (or … Continue reading

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Win-win

New research providing evidence for what we had good reason to believe: just as shade-grown coffee plantations are good for birds, birds are good for forested coffee plantations, especially predators of the Coffee Berry Borer Beetle (Hypothenemus hampei) like Yellow … Continue reading

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Stories I missed: 2

From April, a nice recap by Dan Charles of the many stickers and labels to be found on a virtuous bag of coffee.

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Good for the birds

Good news: coffee specifically labelled as bird-friendly, Allegro’s Early Bird blend, comes to Whole Foods Markets. It’s been a while since the departure of Counter Culture Coffee Sanctuary brand.

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Next steps

An intriguing piece from a few weeks back by Nicole LaPorte on Kenneth Lander’s THRIVE Farmers Coffee. THRIVE seeks to move beyond the fair trade co-op model, to capture more of the value added by the coffee supply chain (roasters, … Continue reading

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Some links: 62/a

Two recent articles pertaining to food labeling: First, Gustave Axelson recaps the labels vying for your attention as you shop for bird-friendly coffee. …coffee sellers don’t always advertise that their coffee is Bird Friendly. “Probably about only 10 percent of … Continue reading

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Shade-grown maize

Glover et al., in a Comment piece for Nature, recommend perenniation (intercropping perennials and trees with food crops) to boost African agriculture. One of the genera recommended is Gliricidia, leguminous trees already known for their felicitous effects in shade-grown coffee … Continue reading

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Wolf’s milk

Hooray! It’s slime mold day at BPOTD!

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Inconclusive

Morgan and Rego challenge the claims by Reichheld and crew that Net Promoter Score is the single customer satisfaction metric necessary to explain business performance. While their peer-reviewed work does identify measures (e.g., Top 2 Box Satisfaction) that do correlate … Continue reading

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Not just for coffee farms

Paul Stapleton introduces “evergreen agriculture.” In Africa, intercropping with trees of the genera Sesbania, Gliricidia, Tephrosia, and others improves yields and provides other benefits; dropped leaves from the trees provide natural fertilizer. The indigenous African acacia (Faidherbia albida) is perhaps … Continue reading

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Own closest relative

Via Leta, Carl Zimmer reviews a lot of recent research on slime molds (myxomycetes). Eye-popping photographs by Steven L. Stephenson, especially the shiny black knobby bundles of Metatrichia vesparia.

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