Alice frowned. That one was straight out of Encyclopedia Britannica; kicked from program.
She sighed. This kid copied off the kid that copied off of the Encyclopedia. Also kicked from the program.
Plagiarism. Learn not to do it kids.
She flipped through the submissions, most of them were fine, some questions the class needed to be brought up. And then this:
What is a weed?
Tanner Lloyd Reid
There was this line of poetry someone shouted right after you gave me this homework. I like it though. When I googled I found it, and this article on what makes weeds weeds, so I’ll talk about that bit first. Dr. Morishita seems ligit, he’s a professor in the weed department of some school in Idaho. Basically he talks about how a weed is a weed, the characteristics that make it so invasive and quick to crop up. The biggy he talked about are reproduction. The seeds of these weeds are successful because they tend to be small and easily dispersed into soil and by wind, such as dandelions. Seeds of weeds can also come from tubers and stolons, so even if you got the above part of the seed there could be tons below. And the other thing he said was that for serious, weed seeds can live like seriously, forever. They’ve found lots of seeds that still germinated over huge timespans.
So cool. Now; our reading assignment. Have to find the one I’m thinking on. Hmm. It was saying some funny things about the first garden and the first weed trying off to much off the the garden’s fair share of resources. So man just like that started to select for things they wanted and the ones they didn’t want did their own selecting. So you started with one thing and it basically splits into two. Wanted plant vs Unwanted plant. A struggle for dominance. That’s when the first weed pullin started happening the war began. (find source for this)
So what does the physiology tell us about how the seeds are? Small. Able to be tracked everywhere, moved by those big ag rigs, like that you have to be careful on the highway all summer long. Also small and light can be airbound.
So then some article.. I swear I’ll find it prof. It was talking about dormancy and seeds waiting for the go ahead to spread and then another go ahead to start growing.
Ok. I totally understand dormancy and quiescence. (hopkins and huner). The seeds are really dry, so they need to wait to come back with water, so they’ll germinate and become active again. There’s seeds that need special attention, like different needs to get back alive. Hey… are seeds like plant zombies? So, if they are, how’s that game got zombies with the plants. Uhm yeah. Anyway. Quiescence is a rest for seeds that have no issue with rising from their seedly graves. But like there’s lots of things the seeds work with as far as wanting to come back.
(Grundy and Joneos) But I was kind of looking at the reading for next week and I figured out our concept for the semester so. Anyway. Seed banks are bit, stopped reading because I realized what track I was on. So anyway… Seed viability and dormancy. Dormancy is a scale, not black and white. (I don’t get why people get so dedicated to being white verses black when its just white and a gradient. I think that came up with those peas. Sorry Doc, I just am prone to wonder whilst I wander. Like, typing this paper with Siri and voice recognition. So yeah. Dormancy, lots of ways to shed it. Some plants require bonus items to get it right, you can win without but its better to have them. It could because it needs water, or a temperature like tin needs to have gotten really cold or really hot or maybe just because its old vs young in place in the soil. Some seeds need help because their seed coat so they make some hole in it I guess, and then it can take in water. So yeah. That’s your review of lesson one. Have a fun weekend Dr. Swan!