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Poaceae grasses of New Mexico traditionally used for medicine, food

Every semester, John Ubelaker, a professor, guides a group of students from the main Dallas campus of Southern Methodist University through a botany project at SMU-in Taos at Fort Burgwin. more

Native bees: In the wilds of Taos, scientific discoveries abound

The scope of what isn't known to science about native bees is far vaster than what is. Over the next several years, one scientist is slowly but surely collecting, pinning, labeling and identifying the little critters in the first major survey of native bees in Northern New Mexico. more

Annual conference explores history, future of seeds

The chapter in Taos of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico is hosting the annual state conference Sept. 14-17. “The Seed: Past, Present and Future” is the theme of the … more

Summertime care for quaking aspen trees

Taos residents love quaking aspen trees (Populus tremuloides). Their care can be challenging during the heat and dryness of the summer. Let’s start with the aspen tree profile. Aspen … more

Estafiate good for digestion, coughs

Spanish: estafiate English: sacred sage, South Dakota sage, man sage, silver wormwood, prairie sage Family: Asteraceae Genus and species: Artemisia ludoviciana Estafiate is common … more

New hydroponic greenhouse in San Cristobal grows ‘supercharged’ produce

Retired editor and Taos resident Michael Burwell has been wearing a hearing aid since 1998. He had long established a routine in which he removed his hearing aid before going to sleep, after which he … more

Propolis resin from trees antibacterial, antifungal

Propolis is a dark brown to red sticky resin that honeybees collect from a variety of trees - including cottonwood, aspen and birch - for use in the beehive. It used to be thought that this resin was used just to seal the cracks and … more

Management constraints impact healthy forests for wildlife

Imposing constraints on specific operations of forest treatment to make it compatible with wildlife and other uses can be costly.So, to what extent can constraints be imposed on forest treatment without ending up with an economically unviable … more

Taos chapter hosts state conference focused on seeds

Members of the Taos chapter of the Native Plant Society of New Mexico are excited to be hosting their third state conference since the chapter was created in 1999. The conference, scheduled Sept. 14-17, will be based at the Fort Burgwin campus of … more

Taking stock of trees

During the month of July, Taos arborists, student interns and volunteers will be traveling through the town, counting, mapping and observing the trees that occupy the town of Taos … more
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