152MC Flowers Blooming at Unusual Times
Within my book, I plan to include some text to give the audience more knowledge about what is happening in the book, and in the world. With this, I wanted to include information about blooming times and how this has affected nature. Whilst looking into it, I found that not only do plants bloom late, but a lot also bloom earlier. If plants bloom too early, this can have adverse affects. Especially if the insects/animals that thrive off certain plants aren’t around when the plants bloom which can disrupt pollination.
Some plants bloom late due to needing colder winter weather to sprout, however as the weather seems to be warming up due to climate change, plants have to wait longer to be in full bloom. An example of this is wheat which needs exposure to cold weather to be able to flower in spring.
“The bloom season, which used to run from late May to early September, now lasts from late April to late September, according to University of Maryland Biology Professor David Inouye.” (GraceLinks, 2014)
A recent study shows that the plants that do bloom earlier are more likely to survive climate change than those that don’t. Therefore, some plants may thrive more due to climate change however, many will get left behind.
In relation to scientists that have studied plant timings, it seems that Henry David Thoreau started work on plant timings in 1852. Aldo Leopold recorded plant timings in 1935. Modern scientists then went on to compare newer data to the both of these to find shocking discoveries.
Denis Conover from the university of Cincinnati also looked into blooming times and came to the same conclusion that plants are blooming at unusual times due to climate change. I feel that it is important to at least include names within my book to ensure the reader knows that this has been researched and that what I am writing is something that can be trusted. It’s not just something I have made up to make an interesting book out of.
- AGU Blogosphere (2011) Warmer Weather Makes Some Flowers Late Bloomers [online] available from <http://blogs.agu.org/geospace/2011/12/09/warmer-weather/> [24 May 2015]
- Grace Communications Foundation (2014) 39-Year Wildflower Bloom Count Reveals Changes Attributed to Warmer Climate [online] available from <http://www.gracelinks.org/blog/3842/39-year-wildflower-bloom-count-reveals-changes-attributed-t> [24 May 2015]
- Tufnell, N (2013) Study: plants most likely to survive climate change bloom earlier [online] available from <http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-11/18/bloom-or-bust> [24 May 2015]
- Dell’Amore, C (2013) Earliest Blooms Recorded in U.S. Due to Global Warming [online] available from <http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/01/130116-spring-earlier-global-warming-plants-trees-blooming-science/> [24 May 2015]
- Science Daily (2011) New research shows that global warming may be impacting the blooming cycle of plants [online] available from <http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101116150402.htm> [24 May 2015]
- Gray, L (2010) Plants flower five days earlier for every degree of global warming [online] available from <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/earthnews/7560235/Plants-flower-five-days-earlier-for-every-degree-of-global-warming.html> [24 May 2015]
- Science Net Links (n.d) Thoreau’s Plants [online] available from <http://sciencenetlinks.com/science-news/science-updates/thoreau/> [24 May 2015]