Episode 46: Binomial Nomenclature and Yews


In December, Daniel visited the hometown of Carl Linnaeus – the Father of Modern Taxonomy. Daniel explains how Linneaus’ idea to use Latin and binomial nomenclature to standardize the names of all organisms helps make it possible for us to communicate science around the world.

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Casey introduces us to Taxus, commonly known as the yews. This group of plants is commonly planted in yards and gardens; they are also toxic to wildlife. Each winter there are reports of deer, elk, and other ungulates eating yews and dying as a result. Casey explains the problem and encourages those of us with yews in our yards to be aware of this issue.

Taxus sp.

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This episode aired on Radio Boise in January 2019 and featured music by Toy Zoo.

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