You might think that we could have found all of the plants by now. They don't evade capture or bite you when you catch them. Unlike microbes, they aren't invisible without a lens. Yet, more than 150 new plant species were published in academic journals in 2012.
"Mistletoe and Holly" is a holiday masterpiece. But I know the biology of those two plants that Mr. Sinatra croons about... and that makes me wonder: Is there more to this song than standard Christmas cheer?
In modern times, as our populations grew and our reliance on agriculture became greater, so grew our consciousness of the fact that the sustenance of the global population was dependent on stewardship of the seed resources we had developed.
Shining brightly on the screen were images of whole tree leaves being peeled from the surfaces of 15-million-year-old rocks. I did a double take. "Wait, the leaves, themselves, are 15 million years old? And you can hold them in your hands?"
Healthy living involves reaching out to gain new knowledge and then sharing what we know to help others. Integrative medicine has its hands full trying to work out all these things, and it is truly exciting to see the new cooperative spirit that is rising in those involved in such work.