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Old 05-28-2020, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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I used to work for a plant geneticist. The work is pretty interesting; his lab used corn, and would knock out one gene, grow the plants to maturity, and see what that gene did. (I'm simplifying, I'm not a geneticist.) One gene causes the green color in leaves; when it is suppressed, the leaves are mottled red and yellow. That gene is called "tie dye".

There are also geneticists working on ways to make plants grow in marginal conditions, to mitigate the effects of drought or other catastrophes.

It's sad that genetic modification's reputation has become muddied by agribusiness, monocultures, and bug genes spliced into plants.
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Old 06-01-2020, 11:34 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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... it might be the one time I'd be in favor of GMO.

I guess you never were frustrated by the problems of caring for diabetics (or being a diabetic) before the day of recombinant human insulin, produced now by splicing the human insulin gene into E.coli. GMO techniques are an ingenious way to use Mother Nature to improve our lives. When you think about it, it's really not much different than training a horse to pull a plow.







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Why are you bad mouthing the ACF?.

When the first thing you see on visiting a site is calls for donations, you know it's one of those scam charities that spends only the legally required 4% of monies on the problem they're supposed to be curing. Add Audubon, Arbor Day etc etc to the list....The site you posted never did mention the fungus.
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Old 06-02-2020, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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When the first thing you see on visiting a site is calls for donations, you know it's one of those scam charities that spends only the legally required 4% of monies on the problem they're supposed to be curing. Add Audubon, Arbor Day etc etc to the list....The site you posted never did mention the fungus.
All I know is that Sara Fern Fitzsimmons of Penn State responded to me when I reached out to find out more about their program. She never once asked me for money. Maybe the foundation evolved? I don't know? That was probably about 20 years ago. She was helpful and responded politely when I asked about my tree and sent her samples. I could be wrong; but I think you're too quick to tie them together with the other 'scam charities'.
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