Episode 11: How Legumes Fix Nitrogen and Facts About Crows


Plants in the legume family (also known as Fabaceae) have the remarkable ability to form associations with a group of bacteria called rhizobia, allowing them to take in nitrogen from the atmosphere. Casey explains the science behind nitrogen fixation and proposes a fun, new name for this family of plants. Do you think the plant taxonomists will go for it?

nitrogen-fixing nodules on the roots of a legume (via wikimedia commons)

Daniel shares some fun facts about crows and other members of the corvid family – long-lived, big-brained birds that share a long history with humans. Some people fear them and view them as pests, but spend some time getting to know them and you will almost certainly come away with a different view.

American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) – via wikimedia commons



This episode aired on Radio Boise in May 2018 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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