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SERC Open House May 14

SERC's annual festival of science returns on Saturday, May 14! Spend a day along the water and in the woods with Smithsonian scientists, and discover how you fit into our connected Earth. Free parking with online registration!

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News and Research

DNA Finds Fungi for Orchids

Melissa McCormick

The secret is in the soil. In one of the oddest couples in the natural world, orchids need fungi to grow. But finding those fungi can be tricky, until a new study from the Plant Ecology Lab used DNA to find those fungi in more places than anyone had suspected. (Photo: Yini Ma)





Hunt for a Missing Nutrient

Karen Knee at the Choptank River Basin

Twenty years ago, SERC scientists noticed nitrogen was disappearing from streams all over the Chesapeake. Now they've figured out why, and found a way to measure something that's vanishing into thin air.



Resurrecting the Floodplain

Image: Tom Jordan in Muddy Creek streambed (SERC)

SERC scientists are working to bring a degraded stream back to health, and stop it from carrying torrents of pollution to the Bay. In the process, they'll come closer to uncovering what it takes to make stream restorations succeed.



Education and Events

Full Calendar of Events

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--Tuesday, May 17, 7:00PM– 8:00PM
Evening Lecture
"Conquest of Phragmites: Why a Non-Native Reed Began Dominating Chesapeake Wetlands"

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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