One ant to another: ‘I have arranged flower no 124, how far have you come?’
Foliar uptake of nitrogen from ant fecal droplets: an overlooked service to ant plants*
Always look for miracles ❤️
*Journal of Ecology torsdag d. 31. august, 2017 (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2745.12841).
“We have shown for the first time that nutrients from the ants’ excrement are taken up by the leaves and transported around to other places in the tree,” says senior researcher Joachim Offenberg, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, who led the study.
“It has great ecological significance. The ants, which primarily feed on insects in the trees, transform the insects and, so to speak, serve the nutrients on a silver platter to the plants. Yes, you could almost say that the plants get their nutrition intravenously right where the need is ,’ explains Joachim Offenberg.
The path winds between lakes. Sky hastingly changing colour. A swan moves through the water looking for bread? I realize I’m not breathing. I want to remember the sounds of nature. The mournful whistle of the Bullfinch. Ducks chatter quietly. Tit birds are chirping high up in the trees. The sounds of nature on a spring evening.
I need positive stories and I’m not getting them from the news.
January 2023 is the hottest and wettest month on record. Fields are under water and inflation presents many people with challenges. And sadly there is a war going on too. That’s for Europe alone! Oh! I forgot the Corona scourge.
January is a dark month, particular with the absent of snow. So I need positive stories and nature doesn’t fail!
Yesterday I saw the little white-throated dipper. It was in a good mood. That’s my own opinion 😉😊 The bird had taken up residence on a rock, if it wasn’t walking around the bottom of the fast-flowing stream in search of spring fly larvae and other goodies. The bird nodded and preened its feathers and tilted with its tail. Quite a ballet, I think.
The white stag and the white-throated dipper are my crown jewels. Though the green mosses that light up on fallen trees in the forest floor are marvellous too. The trees are allowed to stay to support birds with food, they find in cracks and under the bark.
And I forgot all the nice people who are out enjoying nature too. The good talks, many smiles and the enthusiasm! It is uplifting.
Nature is incredible, enchanting, stimulating, sublime, extraordinary, staggering, impressive…
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