It’s a truth universally acknowledged that winter in Frankfurt, looks and smells quite different from spring in Melbourne.
Cicadas don’t keep you awake at night, there’s less pollen keeping your eyes attractively puffy, and falling flat on your face while taking a stroll through the park becomes much more of a risk.
The subtle chemical shifts in the environment that cause these phenomena are fascinating.
Living things can be thought of as chemical factories, making and destroying chemicals in response to changes in their environment, changes in light, in temperature, in pressure. Everyday, plants, animals and bacteria make an astounding array of chemicals, through intricately controlled processes, that put the ham-fisted attempts at chemical synthesis by humans to shame.
This blog aims to explore some of these natural processes, taking inspiration from the immediate environment.