This post originally appeared on Gardening Know How as an invited guest blog. The version here is the same, with the addition of a couple more photos.

I have long been fascinated by seeds, as my elementary school self with her shoebox full of horse-chestnuts (Aesculus hippocastanum) can attest. It turns out this fascination served me well when I became a graduate student. As part of my research on different methods to control downy brome (Bromus tectorum), I counted thousands and thousands of downy brome seeds to document the effects of those different methods. If you’ve ever wondered what a plant science graduate student does, you can bet that counting seeds is part of it.

horse chestnut, aesculus hippocastanum

Walking across campus this week, I just couldn’t help but pick up a few horse chestnuts.

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