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    The Peruvian Andes gave the world the potato, which is one of the largest crops in the world today. The problem is, the modern potato is plagued by potato beetles and aphids, which also carry some viral diseases to the plant. Now a wild potato found in the Bolivian Andes is being studied because it seems to be quite resistant to these pests.

    The Bolivian potato defends itself using tiny hairs on its leaves called trichomes. There are roughly the same number of tall and short trichomes on the leaves, and they work together to provide a complete defense system for the plant. The hairs are so closely spaced that even a tiny aphid cannot avoid them. The end of each hair has a sack filled with defense chemicals. The short trichomes release their chemicals only when disturbed. The longer trichomes continuously release their chemicals. When an aphid gets on a leaf, its legs cannot avoid coming in contact with the sticky fluid the short trichomes release. To make certain that the aphid collects enough of the sticky stuff, the plant also releases a chemical that agitates the aphid. This gooey liquid finally sets up into a hard mass, leaving the aphid to starve. It also appears that a scent emitted by one of the trichomes makes the leaves completely distasteful to potato beetles.

    A potato may someday be developed that can save itself from the pestilence of aphids and beetles.
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    Wow, that is interesting! Thanks for passing the info.
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    Ya, but how would it taste? Is this really real?
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    Now the potato only needs to evolve itself to protect it from humans. A flamethrower would be sufficient I think. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]
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    not in the habbit of posting false stuff jon. Yes, it is real, as for how it tastes, who knows? I haven't tasted one. I think the idea is to hybridize this potatoe with our normal spuds to see if a beneficial cross can be achieved.

    not miffed or anything, but out of curiosity, what about post or me would make you question it's validity?
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    Ram...you and Dan Quayle share something in common. lol [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_m_32.gif[/img]

    That's very interesting. Its really amazing how plants develop their defense systems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [b
    Quote[/b] (RamPuppy @ July 23 2004,3:22)]not miffed or anything, but out of curiosity, what about post or me would make you question it's validity?
    Oh nothing, I just didn't know if you were posting this as a spoof or a real article. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile.gif[/img]
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