meat0918: MechTard: meat0918: ciberido: meat0918: ciberido: Sid_6.7: So, call Muad'Dib?The worm IS the corn. The corn IS the worm!A lot of people would do better if they remembered that "Fear is the mind killer".You are transparent. I see many things. I see plans within plans ....And I see that the guild navigator has a vagina for a mouth.Seriously, WTF was with that? I know the first navigator was a woman, but DAMN.Blame Lynch and his creative team, not Herbert's son for that one.
khyberkitsune: Your argument holds no water
Thom Joad: Wow! Saw this thread yesterday and signed up for an account so I could chime in (been lurking around here for years). Having to wait the 6 hours before I could post kind of sucked since now the thread is a bit off the rails and my comments were aimed at the original conversation going on. Thanks a lot Mr. "I grow plants without light guy." Regardless:Re: pest overcoming resistance. This happens with traditionally bred crops as well. There is a nematode that I've been breeding resistance to for years. The natural resistance I was using in my crosses came from some wild-type species. We released a bunch of new varieties with resistance to the pest. About 7-8 years later, we started to see these resistant plants with nematodes on them. It was determined that these nematodes were different from the original ones and now we are breeding resistance to race 2 of the nematode. Nature finds a way means job security for me.Re: GMO. Two things to consider. Recently my boss went to Indonesia. While there, he took a picture of some workers dusting seed with a highly toxic, systemic insecticide before planting (used to protect against a virus the insects vector). No face masks, no gloves, no ventilation. To say he was disturbed with this is an understatement. We could very simply, make a GMO version that is resistant to the virus the insects spread, hence no longer the need for these workers to expose themselves to these conditions. The hard part would be getting Indonesia to allow trials of these GMO's, since the Sierra Club (and I'm sure others) have spent millions in the far-East educating the general public of these countries that all GMO = bad. Hence lots and lots of regulations.Second, suppose instead of inserting new genes into an organism, we simply silence a gene that is already there and do nothing else. An example: We know there is a gene, that codes for a cell wall protein, that allows a certain bacteria to transfer from cell to cell within t ...
Thom Joad: No face masks, no gloves, no ventilation. To say he was disturbed with this is an understatement. We could very simply, make a GMO version that is resistant to the virus the insects spread, hence no longer the need for these workers to expose themselves to these conditions.
Thom Joad: While they were spending their money and time in the lab, I was making crosses in the greenhouse and doing virus screens. I identified some wild types that had a natural resistance to the same virus, did the crosses and now have some really good advanced breeding lines to look at. He was not pleased that we basically beat them to the punch, and with traditional breeding methods at that.
Thom Joad: I've grown and crossed with Papa Cacho, Papa Amarillo and Yema de HuevoOne of our varieties (Red Magic) is doing really well in S. America. So well in fact that I just bought a new flatbed truck with some of the royalties.The main problem with some of these S. American lines is season length. A few years ago I grew ~ 800 clones from a cross with one of my own varieties and Papa Cacho. After applying diquat 3 times to the plot and waiting 3 weeks, I was able to select maybe a dozen that actually had dead vines. The rest of them were perfectly green, 3-5 feet tall and wanted to go for another 2-3 months. Out of the dozen or so that I selected, 3 or 4 had very immature tubers that did not want to separate from the vines and
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