March 10, 2005


Here is the paper you heard all about when I was writing it, and me and the supervisor were talking at cross purposes... It doesn't look like it was as much hard work as it was. (And all sentences like that previous one were edited out, thank goodness.)

Posted by Toni at March 10, 2005 02:11 PM

Wicked! So you're all done bar the marking? What an effort!

Posted by: phreq at March 15, 2005 06:21 AM

and some questions...

1. Does rape have a root like a turnip, but people just use the seeds?

2. With the successfully germinated progeny, what did they grow into - an edible root like turnip but oily seeds?

3. Can the progeny reproduce?

4. What is matromorphic?

(I fall in the interested-yet-ignorant category!)

Posted by: phreq at March 15, 2005 06:28 AM

1. No, rape doesn't have a root like a cultivated turnip. Sometimes the root swells a bit, but normally it has skinny roots cos it only grows for a season and doesn't overwinter.

2. Wild turnip doesn't have an edible root. It is small, woody and bitter. All brassica have oily seeds. The seeds can survive for 400 years and still have 50% germination - the oil is what keeps them going. The oils vary in content, some are not edible but make great machinery lubricants.

3. I have another paper to do on the fertility of the hybrids, but I'll let you in on a public secret, no, the hybrids are very infertile.

4. matromorphic seed is seed produced from the female plants only. They double their own chromosomes and produce seeds without using genetic material from pollen. Its also a flash word, used to try and make me look clever!

And this is only the first publication - I have 6 more of these papers to produce... But the book is actually seperate, this is a chapter of the book. The book will be finished well before the chapters are published.

Posted by: toni at March 15, 2005 07:40 AM

I wonder if Jesus was a matramorphic birth? No, he'd have to have been female, yah? Still... virgin birth...

Hmmm. The brassica thing is interesting. 400 years! *That's* forward family planning for you!

Posted by: phreq at March 16, 2005 11:36 AM