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Wickedly Cool Plants

An interview with biologist Raul Gutierrez. Dr. Biology and his co-host Taylor Cheatham learn about some very cool desert plants and some non-desert plants that are just wicked.

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Topic Time
Intro - 00:00
Do plants sweat? [Taylor] 02:31
Have you heard of photosynthesis? [Dr. Biology] 03:01
Why do cactus have spikes? [Taylor] 03:32
Is the puffer fish related to cactus? [Taylor] 04:10
Have you heard of Jumping Cholas- and do they really jump? [Dr. Biology] 04:34
What are those things that look like strawberries on cactus? [Taylor] 05:09
What's Devil's Claw - [Dr. Biology] 05:43
What does a person do when they study a particular plant? [Dr. Biology] 07:32
How does a plant travel thousands of miles? [Dr. Biology] 08:17
How small can cacti be? [Taylor] 09:47
How tall would a saguaro cactus be after 5 years? [Dr. Biology] 10:12
How old are really tall saguaro cacti [Dr. Biology] 10:50
Do some plants give us medicine? [Taylor] 11:06
What would the world be like without plants? [Taylor] 11:47
In Arizona are there any plants we should avoid? [Taylor] 12:47
What's an herbarium? [Dr. Biology] 13:16
How do you make your own herbarium? [Dr. Biology] 14:34
Plants that hunt insects. [Dr. Biology] Venus trap and Pitcher plants. 16:01
When did you first know you wanted to be a biologist? [Dr. Biology] 19:06
If you weren't a biologist what would you be? [Taylor] 19:34
What advice do you have for young scientists? [Dr. Biology] 20:03
Can plants grow on dead plants? [Taylor] 21:02
What is pollen made of? [Taylor] 21:23
Sporopollenin 22:39
Sign off 23:05
How to submit audition recordings for the co-host contest. 24:53

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Wickedly Cool Plants

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