The Madrigal Family
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Plant science in Encanto

In 2021, the enchanting Madrigal family hit our screens in Disney's 60th film, Encanto. Here we meet the plants featured in Isabela's song "What else can I do?", including a stunning orchid, the "exam tree", an obligate mutualist, carnivory and a tree that could be the inspiration behind the Madrigal candle!

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Plant science in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign that aims to highlight research into breast cancer. Last month, my wonderful Mum was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. While she's undergoing treatment, I decided I would distract myself by doing what I do best - researching plants.

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Plant science in enchanted forests

Enchanted forests have amazed and inspired us for generations. Whether they offer sanctuary, danger or adventure, once the protagonist steps foot within a forest, you know you're in for a wild ride. From breathing forest floors to bizarrely shaped trees, in today's post, we'll explore some real-life, fantasy forests that feel like the stuff of legends.