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2008-04-01 06:00:00

University of Arizona scientists have discovered that stimulating plants with electricity can induce them to produce certain chemicals -- including some that are commercially useful -- at a much higher rate than they normally would, and more efficiently than current methods allow. These chemicals, called secondary metabolites, are used in a huge variety of ways. Food, dyes, poisons, perfumes and medicines come from them. Latex, herbs like ginseng and chamomile, medicines such as morphine,...


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kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'