Two high-school students came from Korea to study with Professor Rodolfo Dirzo during their winter break. He has shown that buckeye seeds can sprout, even if as much as half or more of the seed has been eaten. One of the projects he suggested to them was to measure the sprouting and growth of buckeye seeds under different conditions: intact vs 50% consumed; with 75% of the foliage browsed, or none; and in sterile soil or in living soil with the usual micorrhizal fungi. The growth and "browsing" will be done in a greenhouse; the buckeye seeds were collected at Jasper Ridge. These images show scenes from the collecting expedition.
© Photography by Dan Quinn