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July 30, 2019

Botanist Susan Mazer receives the Honorable John C. Pritzlaff Conservation Award from the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

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April 25, 2019

Celebrate Arbor Day with a stroll through the campus’s diverse collection of trees

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October 16, 2018

Researches sequenced the genomes of these ten columbines from the roughly 70 different species in the genus. These plants span the genus' geographic distribution, ecology, and morphology.

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Professors Scott Hodges and Susan Mazer stand inside one of UCSB's new research greenhouses.
March 30, 2015


UCSB scientists conduct top-caliber botanical research in cutting-edge biology greenhouses:

At UC Santa Barbara, the high-tech research greenhouses are more sophisticated than many smart homes. Temperature and lighting are automated to create and maintain specific environmental conditions researchers need for experimental work. For example, when the temperature rises, the sensors in the thermostat signal shade cloths to close in order to modify the amount of sunlight coming into the greenhouse.

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July 31, 2013

Chanel, UC Santa Barbara's corpse flower, has finally spread her odiferous wings, broadcasting a stench that smells like a cross between rotting flesh and Limburger cheese. "It's disgusting," said UCSB junior Connor Way, who visited Wednesday morning. "It's pretty nasty."

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July 22, 2013

Sometime in the next week or so the UC Santa Barbara greenhouse will start smelling like a rotting corpse. But the campus police needn't worry; it's only the huge perennial herb Amorphophallus titanum, a member of the Araceae family and thus related to jack-in-the-pulpit and skunk cabbage.

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August 20, 2012

Sunscreens, lotions, and cosmetics contain tiny metal nanoparticles that wash down the drain at the end of the day, or are discharged after manufacturing. Those nanoparticles eventually end up in agricultural soil, which is a cause for concern, according to a group of environmental scientists that recently carried out the first major study of soybeans grown in soil contaminated by two manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs).

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April 18, 2012

Joan Calder didn't know much about Monarchs when she became the greenhouse manager at UC Santa Barbara. Heeding the advice of a colleague in UCSB's Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, however, she took special care of the caterpillars that feed on milkweed in the garden. She watched them become chrysalises, and, shortly thereafter, emerge from their shells as brightly colored butterflies.

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September 23, 2002

What do you call a visitor from another land who lives in your house for nearly seven years, then, when it's ready to reproduce, doubles its height in just two weeks, and emits an odor that humans find overpoweringly obnoxious? "Stinky" comes to mind, but "Tiny" is what Barron Rugge and his UCSB greenhouse colleagues nicknamed the 5-foot-tall native of Indonesia.

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