tagged w/ sunflowers
There are millions of useful plants in the world, but these are four that I consider multi-purpose and important in our lives. Let be thankful for them today.
http://edenmakersblog.com/?p=5073There are millions of useful plants in the world, but these are four that I consider... more
Some have thought flowers' look was due to painter's alleged mental illness
The whimsical appearance of some of the sunflowers in Vincent van Gogh's paintings isn't the result of the painter's alleged mental illness. Researchers have found that overly-bushy sunflowers are actually the result of a genetic mutation in some strains of the flowers.
The typical sunflower has a brown, seed-filled middle and a ring of yellow petals, but some seem overgrown with petals in "double rows" — like one variety called the "Teddy Bear" — and others have scrawny petals and seeds extending nearly to the edge of the flower. The researchers discovered that a genetic mutation is to blame for these differences.
"In addition to being of interest from a historical perspective, this finding gives us insight into the molecular basis of an economically important trait," study researcher John Burke, at the University of Georgia, said in a statement. "You often see ornamental varieties similar to the ones Van Gogh painted growing in people's gardens or used for cut flowers, and there is a major market for them."
Sunflower heads — actually multiple small flowers called florets — have a very specific symmetry. The "seeds" are laid out in a special geometric pattern. In a normal sunflower, the outer florets sprout into petals and the inner ones mature into seeds.
To understand the genetic basis of this difference, Burke and his colleagues began by making sunflower babies that were a blend of the regular breed and a variety of bushy sunflower. The pattern they saw indicated that a single, dominant gene was responsible for the bushy flowers seen in Van Gogh's paintings.
To double-check their results, they sequenced this gene and looked for it in several commercially available types of sunflowers. They never saw the mutation in flowers that had the traditional sunflower appearance, but always saw it in the fluffy varieties.
The newly discovered mutation changes how the plant regulates where the line between "petals" and "seeds" is drawn. When mutated, the gene can move this boundary either closer to the center of the flower head or farther away from it and closer to the outer layers of florets.
If the boundary line moves toward the center, the flower loses the traditional "sunflower" appearance and looks more like the "Teddy Bear" sunflower. If it moves outward, the flower has more seeds and a dinky layer of petals.
"All of this evidence tells us that the mutation we've identified is the same one that Van Gogh captured in the 1800s," Burke said.
The study was published Thursday in the journal PLoS Genetics.Some have thought flowers' look was due to painter's alleged mental illness... more
Take 1 Sun Chips bag, empty contents into bowl, replace with rich earth, place sunflower seed in the dirt, add water, enjoy 1 chip daily for the next two weeks.
Watch nature take its course.
Change is irresistible and it tastes good!Take 1 Sun Chips bag, empty contents into bowl, replace with rich earth, place... more
Tuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch or the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
I like a large portion.
Multiple heads are dying.
As many faces as me.
Why is the show only half an hour ?
Millie is back in the USA.
Gwen has fun on the way to the operating theatre.
Thank you for dinner.
I'm a fat pig.
Size isn't everything.
Our first international TEXT message.
It's a dump.
Sharing things can help others.
Suko replies to Yannick.
Visit people in hospital.
Craig is grown up and doing well.
Complaints on holidays.
Take the small ones away.
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On the morning of last year's annual Sunflower Fair in La Porte, Indiana, a family, appearing a little lost, walked up and down a crowded street, looking in vain for the table to sign up their entry. They carried a large sunflower with them.
If no one noticed the exhausted, grieving look in the family's eyes, that was understandable. The Sunflower Fair is a place of happy noise: rides and music and food booths. It is La Porte's fall festival, and people from across northwest Indiana come to spend a Saturday in the midst of the milling, chattering crowds.
The family silently bearing the large sunflower had never been to the fair before.
But this was important.
They finally located the entry table, and asked for a form. They carefully filled it out. Their flower was entered in the seed head category -- the one that judges the largest seed head, which is the circular area in the middle of a sunflower.
They wrote down the name of the person who had grown the sunflower:
He was their 7-year-old son. He had died earlier that same day, at a few minutes after midnight.
Now, less than 10 hours later, here they were, with Wyatt's flower.
"He loved growing his sunflowers," said his mother, Cathleen Wilke. "Every year we talked about coming into La Porte for the Sunflower Fair, but we never got around to it. Wyatt really wanted to be part of the contest."
That was a year ago. A few months later, the fair's organizer, Phyllis Jones, approached Cathleen Wilke and asked her if she would like to serve on the committee. She said yes.
And this year at the fair, the contest -- all the categories, the whole competition -- had a new name:
The Wyatt Wilke Sunflower Contest.
The seeds from Wyatt's winning flower were given to his classmates at Kingsford Heights Elementary School. The children planted them in the school's new memorial garden, the one that is named for Wyatt.
The sunflowers are blooming now. Soon enough winter will arrive, and the snow will cover Indiana. But the seeds will be planted in the school's garden every year, and forever the flowers will return, bright and vibrant and full of life's very best promise, like the smile of a boy who believes he can do anything.On the morning of last year's annual Sunflower Fair in La Porte, Indiana, a... more
Thursday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch th show here on CURRENT TV show on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
A very big head.
Deal or no deal.
Do our minds remain the same throughout life ?
Looks like I've been ripped off.
No one knows what's in the box.
Why do cats howl.
He didn't get the big money.
Not had time to get the jeans yet.
A nice email from pretty boy Steve.
Infected with viruses.
Spines that face the wrong way.
Hanging seductivly from my buttocks.
Poor Tracey may have swine flu.
We dress for comfort.
Joe offers baked beans. http://www.americantalkusa.com
Tight fabric following our curves.
5 days to return a phone call.
Very tall sunflowers.
Welcome Niall in Switzerland.
Around the new studio.
Maureen - where are our Spanish lessons ?
Buying small hooks.
Is there a funny smell ?
You've got to have customers there.
My best friend.
Buying packets instead of one item.
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