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Science Creates Plant That Can't Stop Growing


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#1    Render

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:01 AM

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In the comedy "Little Shop of Horrors," a carnivorous plant named Audrey Jr. grew nonstop by feasting on unsuspecting human beings. In a somewhat more benign development, researchers in Germany have developed tobacco plants that also can't stop growing.
Under normal conditions, the tobacco plant has a rather uninspiring lifespan. They grow for three or four months, according to Investor's Business Daily, reaching 6.5 feet (2 meters) in height at the most, while their older leaves turn yellow and fall off. After flowering, the plants die.
But researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology (IME) in Münster, Germany, have isolated the genetic switch that tells the tobacco plant to stop growing, flower and die. By suppressing that gene, the scientists have tricked the plants into growing like Jack's beanstalk — even the older leaves stay green and healthy.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 09:10 AM

More tea, Professor Frankenstein?

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:07 AM

Imagine a forest of trees that can't stop growing.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:23 AM

They invented Kudzu?

I thought it was already invented?


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

should make food more easy to grow and go around


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:50 AM

View Postwimfloppp, on 14 January 2013 - 10:41 AM, said:

should make food more easy to grow and go around
Not likely.
Food depends on coming to seed to produce viable next generations and without the triggers to stop growing this is unlikely to happen.
Nature works the way it does for a reason.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:59 AM

i wonder if potatos would become the size of footballs


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:33 PM

View Postwimfloppp, on 14 January 2013 - 10:59 AM, said:

i wonder if potatos would become the size of footballs

Gee ! You'd have to bake that thing for hours to make a baked potato !


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 04:41 PM

I thought we already had a plant that didn't stop growing..  The Blackberry Bush. :cry:


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:30 PM

Maybe we are going to need a better weed killer for this.


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Posted 14 January 2013 - 08:33 PM

Great, we don't have enough to worry about in this sorry world.

Now a plant will take-over everything!


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Posted 15 January 2013 - 12:13 AM

I wish that they let it grow that big so we could built houses in it and on it. Like in Ice wind dale, great oak...or like Ewoks...or Squirrels.

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:43 AM

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 02:18 PM

View Postkeninsc, on 14 January 2013 - 10:23 AM, said:

They invented Kudzu?

I thought it was already invented?

Exactly my thought!





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