Post by lavandulagirl on Jan 9, 2009 15:20:48 GMT -5
You know, Alan, he might be the guy to answer some of my questions about using Rudbeckia hirta to control lesion and root knot nematodes. All of the trials I can find on line involve enormous areas... field after field of potatoes, or something, with rudbeckia used as a cover crop prior to crop growth. I was trying to figure out if using the R. hirta as a companion plant would do any good. I know I've seen interviews with Dr. Kapuler where he has been stressing the soil science aspects of growing, not just the breeding aspect. I wonder if he knows anything about this particular control.
Of course, it may be way outside of the way you want the interview to go. I, as usual, am semi-clueless. If that's not where you're headed maybe there's somebody here who has info.
Kapular's work is fascinating. am reading his interview with seeds of change.
stratcat, i was chacking out Peace Seeds, and there appears to be a bunch of chinese/foreign lettering when it's loading. also the paypal account is talking about the bank of China??? is there something wrong here? how do you order from the site? there's some neat things there like the possible perennial leek!
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I hope it's not too late to give some ideas for questions. Here are a few things that I wonder about:
- What are some of the best plants (edible or non-) to grow for the purpose of making better compost, minding the needs of soil microbes?
- John Jeavons promotes a concept for self-sustainable gardens that one should grow 60% grains/compost crops, 30% high calorie root crops, and 10% vitamin rich vegetables and greens. Would you make adjustments to that, especially if you had a small growing area?
- Is it necessary to import soil microbes to poor soils, or are diverse populations already present, awaiting better conditions?
I was thinking too that perhaps they are two distinct but still related (obviously) entities. I'll ask Alan and see what he says.
The Peace Seeds website it ran by a friend of Alan's in china. Some great stuff there for sure and as said above you can order by mail.
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Okay, I might have another one? My coffee pot burned up so I've been drinking espresso instead this morning, and I got to thinking about Murphy's law, which led me to wonder about the second law of thermodynamics. TMI - lol... Anyway, I read in my old physics book that "...the total entropy of the molecules cast aside by organisms during the process of evolution and growth is greater than the decrease in entropy associated with the growing individual or evolving species." While I began college as a biology major, I had to change majors; which is to say, I barely understand this. In that light, the question I'm wondering about is: do the kinship maps correlate to the second law of thermodynamics, and if so, how?
In the book 'Seeds of Change' I remember reading that he at least had some interest in the beneficial genetic engineering of foods, such as creating perennial squashes, etc. Has his ideas on this changed? and is it something he has explored in his work?
Post by winter unfazed on Jan 17, 2009 10:46:09 GMT -5
It just so happens I'm planning to interview Dr. Kapuler soon by telephone, so I can ask him some of your questions.
I think by genetic engineering he probably meant cross-hybridisation, not recombinant GMO.
It ain't over when it's over, When that final day arrives! Sure, this body may get colder, but the soul will never die! It ain't over when it's over; We're not prisoners to that hole! We may stop getting older, but we'll live on while the ages roll!
Tell us about your work in "Nutrion" based plant breeding. What are the particular traits that you look for and what amino acids do you look for most often in your work?
(Alan, feel free to adjust this to sound more intellectual...etc)
Welp...my goofy butt is a day late and a dollar short. Alan has already done the interview and posted it on the blog site. Oh well...I'm certain that I will have other opportunities to discuss food nutrition with Shroom.
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