The crowd-sourced project (mentioned in an earlier post) to sequence the Azolla genome has made the July 14 issue of Scientific American. The article has a good review of the Arctic Azolla Event, and it has an interesting — even strange — account of Jeanne Baret, the first woman to circumnavigate the globe and probably the first European to pay attention to the plant.

And just think, the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge has a whole pond of the stuff (the one west of the trail) soaking up sun, fixing nitrogen, and sequestering carbon. Stop by and take a look.


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