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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

An early example of bioterrorism.

This website might be pretty dull for most people. If you happen to be enthused about dioecious plants (like I am right now), go here:

http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/gt/dioecious/dioecious.htm

Otherwise, just skip it and just read this excerpt:

"In Arabic lands, the cutting of male trees was practiced when war was being raged between tribes. The opposition would sneak into their enemy's palm grove and destroy the male trees. As a result no fruit would be produced. Since dates were a stable item of the diet, starvation was induced. The reason for removing only the male tree was that only a few were needed for a large palm grove. It did not require as much time or effort to remove the male trees as it would have required to remove the more numerously planted females."

3 Comments:

  • At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, once again I learn something interesting from Kate. I didn't know that about spinach. I'll have to look closely this summer.

     
  • At 12:35 PM, Blogger Kate said…

    I also thought it was neat that female ginko trees are so offensive-smelling that most people only plant male trees.

    I'm pretty sure that girl trees are illegal in some cities. It's legalized sexual discrimination against girl trees -- aiyee!

    Pardon me...WOMYN trees.

     
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