Kiwis Discover the Flower Switch

Posted by on May 3, 2006 in Cut Flowers | Comments Off on Kiwis Discover the Flower Switch

It had to happen sooner or later. A group of scientists have discovered the genetic pathway that regulates flowering, and they’ve developed a spray that can either force a flower to bloom or force it not to bloom.

"Flower growers could spray to make flowering coincide with events such as Valentine’s Day."

Like all cut flower research, there has to be a less frivolous application to justify all the expense and hard work. In this case: "restricting flowering in rye grasses would increase productivity because cows found the flower stalks difficult to digest."

Now, if only they could make that spray in a rose fragrance, we’d really have something.

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