Black Fly Studies
Today is the birthday of the botanist Katherine Warington who was born on this day in 1897.
Warington was a twin in a family with five girls.
After college, Warington ended up working with an entomologist who was researching the black fly. The point of the research was to make beans taste bad to the fly. Researchers took turns applying various elements to the beans, and in the process, Warington discovered that Boron was essential to plant growth. Two years later, Warington published her work - amazing the scientific community at her discovery and the unlikely scenario of a scientist making a major discovery with their first research project after college.