plants http://michiganradio.org en A rare bloom is expected to cause a big stink in East Lansing this week http://michiganradio.org/post/rare-bloom-expected-cause-big-stink-east-lansing-week <p>Hundreds of people are expected to be drawn like flies to see and smell a reeking flower in East Lansing this week.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>“The Latin name for this plant is<a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/corpse-flowers-stench-soon-to-grace-msu/"> Amorphophallus Titanium</a>,” says Peter Carrington, assistant curator of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/bealgarden.msu">MSU’s Beal Botanical Garden</a>, “which gloriously translates into "the very huge misshapen penis.”</p><p></p> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 17:25:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18095 at http://michiganradio.org A rare bloom is expected to cause a big stink in East Lansing this week 80-year-old agave plant about to show its only bloom in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/80-year-old-agave-plant-about-show-its-only-bloom-ann-arbor <p></p><p>It was 1934. The nation was deep in the Great Depression. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was in the White House. William Comstock was Michigan's 33rd governor.</p><p>And a University of Michigan graduate student in botany found an agave plant while on a botanical expedition to Mexico. He brought it back to Ann Arbor.</p><p>Now, 80 years later, that agave plant is getting set to bloom – for its first and only time.</p><p>Michael Palmer is the horticultural manager at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and the Nichols Arboretum and he joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:22:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 17703 at http://michiganradio.org 80-year-old agave plant about to show its only bloom in Ann Arbor Invasive plant species are threatening the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/invasive-plant-species-are-threatening-great-lakes <p>We have had many conversations on Stateside about invasive species, usually the type with scales and gills, such as Asian carp.</p><p>Today, we focus on invasive species with chlorophyll. Yes, non-native plants that are invading ecosystems in the Great Lakes.</p><p>Jo Latimore is an outreach specialist with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University, and she joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:29:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 13737 at http://michiganradio.org Invasive plant species are threatening the Great Lakes MSU study celebrates marriage of algae gene to a weed http://michiganradio.org/post/msu-study-celebrates-marriage-algae-gene-weed <p>Michigan State University researchers are celebrating the marriage of a weed and an algae gene -- and its value as a potential biofuel.&nbsp;</p><p>The team found that adding an algae gene to mustard weed caused the plant to store oil in its leaves, and the technique could be used to get more energy out of plants grown for bio-fuel. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:25:10 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11430 at http://michiganradio.org MSU study celebrates marriage of algae gene to a weed The Kudzu of the North http://michiganradio.org/post/kudzu-north <p>If you&#39;ve ever lived in the south, you know kudzu. It&#39;s an invasive plant that grows like crazy. Covers highway signs and telephone poles and anything that doesn&#39;t run fast enough.</p><p>There&#39;s a plant in Michigan that&#39;s getting a little crazy too. It&#39;s not kudzu-crazy yet, but experts say we need to get a handle on it.<br /><br /> It has a memorable name: dog-strangling vine.</p> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 14:30:32 +0000 166 at http://michiganradio.org The Kudzu of the North