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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,...

Word of the Day
  • A small crescent-shaped structure or marking, especially the white area at the base of a fingernail that resembles a half-moon.
This word is a diminutive of the Latin 'luna,' moon.