El Fototropismo es una respuesta ante un estímulo luminoso, permite a las plantas crecer y moverse hacia o contra una fuente de luz.

Palabra elegida y texto escrito por Leo Calvillo. Biólogo.

Ilustración de Leo Calvillo.

El heliotropismo es el conjunto de movimientos de las plantas para dirigir sus hojas y flores en dirección al Sol.


Image: Riley D. Champine, NG staff; Source: Jason Riggio ET AL, Global Change Biology.

El gravitropismo es un tipo de tropismo que se refleja en un crecimiento en respuesta a la aceleración de la gravedad, permitiendo el crecimiento de las raíces (hundiéndose en el suelo) y el de los tallos (hacia el medio aéreo).

Words by Emma Marris for National Geographic.

Image: USGS.

Es un fenómeno biológico natural que indica el crecimiento o cambio direccional de un organismo, normalmente una planta, como respuesta a un estímulo medioambiental.

David A. Lawson, Lars Chittka, Heather M. Whitney and Sean A. Rands

Image: USGS / Native Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

“Once a blank piece of paper – a symbol of endless possibilities, now an absurd world of abstraction, finished with fictitious artifacts and characterized by confusing clues.”

Drawings by Pia-Mélissa Laroche. Words by Alice Harrison from IGNANT.

Image: Pia-Mélissa Laroche.

“Italian Limes is a research project and an interactive installation that explores the most remote Alpine regions, where national borders drift with glaciers… The project focuses on the effects of climate change on shrinking ice sheets and the consequent shifts of the watershed that defines the national territories of Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France.

By Marco Ferrari and Elisa Pasqual from Folder.

Photo: Delfino Sisto Legnani.

“As plants are subjected to dehydration, they emit sound waves imperceptible to the human ear, ‘acoustic emissions’ at ultrasonic frequencies… Plant Data offers a new perspective on what humans might hear if they were inside the cells of trees…”

Yota Ayaan exhibition at the Galeria da Biodiversidade, in the Botanical Garden of Porto. Text by Alice Bonnot.

Photo: Carlos Campos.

Impact gardening is the evocative term used to describe surface disturbance — and potential biological effects — caused by the crashing of extraterrestrial objects into planetary bodies.”

A story by Geoff Manaugh.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

“Along flat stretches of countryside from Argentina and South Africa to the United Kingdom, strange spires can be spotted at a great distance, but what really stands out up close is the goats that occupy them.”

An article by Kurt Kohlstedt for 99% INVISIBLE.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Fritjof Capra

As part of a larger project looking at the material infrastructures of the internet and mass surveillance, I located and photographed some of the primary “choke points” on the internet backbone – places where multiple undersea cables reach land and connect the continents together.

Trevor Paglen

The Ecological Relations of Roots by John Ernest Weaver (1919).

“The ecological relations of roots (1919) is a book by John Ernest Weaver (1884 – 1966),  an American biologist and prairie ecologist. During his life, Weaver published a series of books on the relationship between plant species, their climate and the specific soils they inhabit.”

By Mariabruna Fabrizi for socks-studio.com

The Ecological Relations of Roots by John Ernest Weaver (1919).

“In 2018, what is left to explore in the world? It seems unlikely, say, that humans might find an untouched forest to study, someplace that hasn’t been bulldozed and burnt and exploited within an inch of its life for precious minerals or virgin timber. But that’s exactly what happened this past spring…”


Photo: Jeffrey Barbee.

Superficies y Fronteras / leocalvillo.com

“In 1988, he bought his first personal computer, a “bottom of the line” Toshiba laptop he packed in his carry-on for a semester of research in Costa Rica. It would be the proving ground for his third powerful idea: create artificial life by seeding primitive code-organisms into a competitive digital environment.

By Claire L. Evans for Grow (Ginkgo Bioworks).

Illustration by Israel Vargas.

A powerful man, who is also the former prime minister of Georgia, has developed an exquisite hobby. He collects century old trees along Georgia’s coastline. He commissions his men to uproot them and bring them to his private garden. Some of these trees are as tall as 15-floor-buildings. And in order to transplant a tree of such dimensions some other trees are chopped down, electric cables are shifted and new roads are paved through mandarin plantations… The film moves the concept of uprooting from its metaphorical meaning into an oppressive, tangible and yet surreal reality.

A documentary by Salomé Jashi.

Stills from ‘Taming the garden’.

“Located 1,300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seed storage facility that acts as a food bank for crops that are dying out due to intensive agriculture and unpredictable weather patterns.

An interview with Jennifer O’mahony for Atmos

Photo: Greg White

Fritjof Capra