Four-Leaf Clover

Trifolium repens L.

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Scientist-in-training Summer Praetorius has an unusual skill—she is really, really good at spotting four-leaf clovers (Trifolium repens L.). A single gene causes the normally three-leafed clover to produce a fourth, supposedly lucky, leaf. As it turns out, good science depends on both close observation—a skill Praetorius uses to spot tiny shelled animals called foraminifera—and a little bit of luck. Ari Daniel Shapiro explains.

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  • Myxomycetes! Because I love to sit in the woods and pull apart decaying logs! (so I see lots of little ascomycetes too!) (Twitter: @MycoFun)
  • indigenous stingless bees (Melipona - Trigona) (Facebook-Massimo Tosco)
  • patience is key; stop, look, listen. the world will open as a result (Twitter @backyardbeyond)
  • Velvet Worms, early morning look 4 glue (Twitter@stits)

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