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    Paper Birch & Douglasfir: An Odd Relationship

    By James R. Fazio | February 15, 2018

    Trees in a forest are usually thought of as fierce competitors, each struggling for control of available light and soil moisture, usually at the expense of neighboring trees. But Canadian research Suzanne W. Simard and her colleagues found that paper birch can actually aid neighboring Douglasfirs. Through carefully-controlled research, Dr. Simard has documented the transfer of carbon (sugar) from paper birch to nearby Douglasfirs. The transfer takes place through tiny underground strands of beneficial fungi called ectomycorrhizae. These appendages are…

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    Paper Birch: Shining Beauty

    Betula papyrifera …it is now one of the best loved trees of the New England landscape, and when we remember a scene there, we see birches in it — gleaming white trunks, houses, and…

    By James R. Fazio | February 13, 2018
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    Paper Birch: The Quixotic Novelty

    (Betula papyrifera) Before it became frowned upon as an act of vandalism, people would peel layers of the thin, paper-like bark and write on it as a novel way to send messages, hence the…

    By Sheereen Othman | November 24, 2015