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    Oldest crops of mankind

    That has a yearly spot in my garden, quite useful. I grow the roots MUCH bigger than the japanese do, like 5 cm x 22 cm, and theyre still perfectly edible cooked. The leaves are edible, theres a 'edible leaf' variety called ha gobo but fuck it, I just eat the normal ones cooked. It has various medicinal properties- the root is used as a detoxifier in the west and is packed with antioxidants and novel critters, the leaves have the antioxidants without the novel critters, the seed is used for head, neck, and upper respiratory infections in asia- packed with lignans and others. First time I grew it I got it in trade from a wild harvester and it tasted like shit tho. It became a vegetable after I bought medicinal grade seed.
  2. One example of the seemingly sparse research into herbal reduction of thymic involution investigated a compound chinese preparation which included such things as Panax ginseng, Cervus nippon, Cordyceps sinensis, Salvia miltiorrhiza, Allium tuberosum, Cnidium monnieri, cervi pantotrichum, and Euodia rutaecarpa. Immunopotentiating effect of a 'Yang'-promoting formula of traditional Chinese medicine on aged female BALB/c mice You can see the effect of Low and High doses on thymus weight and improved thymic weight increased peripheral T-cell responsiveness. They didnt explicitly hazard a guess as to which components were most likely to be responsible tho.
  3. I'm curious if anyone has looked into this topic and could point to (scientifically supported) promising planty lines of research in slowing thymic involution or outright reversing it. I've been intending to look into this for years and have finally started building a pile of research crap to get me started. [Thymic involution is a process of gradual loss of functional cells in the thymus gland which are responsible for maturing naive T-cells from the bone marrow so they can go out and mount new immune defenses. The thymus shrinks from age 1 until death and this shrinkage is why people get less and less able to resist novel infections after the age of 65 or so.] I want to have a good immune system when I'm 85
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    Grafting Re: Pereskiopsis Growth

    You can, but why would you? It slows growth. Usually the grafts with no leaves lost their leaves when they went too long without being watered. Pereskiopsis is nearly an aquatic plant, lol
  5. Unusual finding. [Link] I find it interesting, though, that they seem to flatly ignore the possibility that the correlation may exist by a biological mechanism rather than psychological. Little fun flap producing hormones or neurological impulses that effect the brain, etc.
  6. The UV-C killed most and of the survivors a few looked nice and tortured for a year or three but then they just became normal looking cacti. I may not have done enough seedlings. Did a few dozen when I should have done a thousand, lol
  7. The article reminds me of one I read about american vitamin supplements, especially this bit: "You might think that a more expensive fish oil is less likely to be degraded, that is not the case, there is no relationship with price." The drug levels in american vitamins were more or less random, tending toward underdosing, with no correlation to price (and some american vitamins are absurdly expensive). Moral is, never blindly trust a government to be working hard to do their job. By default assume all products are poorly regulated and rarely tested, if tested at all.
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    Circumcision causes autism and ADHD?

    Yup. The title of the actual study in question is Ritual circumcision and risk of autism spectrum disorder in 0- to 9-year-old boys: national cohort study in Denmark. In it they found an overall increase in risk of 46% and among infantile autism cases the risk increased by 106%, thats more than double. In muslim families hyperkinetic disorder risk increased 81%. So the effect is substantial. In regards to 342,877 people being too small of a statistical pool for meaningful analysis (lol) the statistical analysis showed a 1 in 1000 chance that the correlation was not a genuine one. That means do the study 1000 times and, statistically, one of them would give a wrong result. Many studies linking arsenic or smoking to harm didnt get such a sound statistical confirmation. Overall I still dont quite know what to make of this study tho, further research into mechanism and context of the effect should prove quite interesting. Watch them surprise all of us further by finding some foreskin bacteria that prevents autism, opening the door to a crafty korean food manufacturer producing anti-autism kimchee.
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    Circumcision causes autism and ADHD?

    Quite simply, really. As they said - among boys circumcision increases risk. They didnt propose that it was the only possible cause or trigger, they didnt even directly state that it was a cause but just that it increases risk. Oh, and autism is sex selective. 43 ASD boys for each 10 girls [before splitting into sub-groups].
  10. Not to mention breeding. Thing about cacti, the space that would support X number of adults can support a hundred times as many babies. So grow a farkin hundred times as many cacti as you want, when they get crowded carefully kill 90% with freezing temps, then when they get crowded again carefully kill 90% with freezing temps. Breed the survivors and get 10,000 new seeds. Repeat.
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    Do Plants Have Brains?

    It could be argued that the definition needs to be broadened even farther to be fair to the question 'do plants have brains?' because scientists still assume that a plant brain would be connected to the plant. Consider: plants were assaulted by bacteria, the plants guided the evolution of some of those bacteria to serve as symbiotic defenders. Then mammals and herbivory came around. The plants bacterial symbiotes evolved to influence the evolution of the grazing animals. It shaped feeding habits, immune development, seed dispersal mechanisms, and even technology. Ultimately that led to humans, "mammals" that in truth are 90% plant bacteria by cell count, mammals who not only get sick if they do not serve the plants but base much of their culture and technology around plants. Plants have made us their brain.
  12. Depends not just on the trich species/selection but also the degree of dormancy/thirst. If a cactus is still trying to grow it will be significantly less able to survive a freeze. Consider also, a 25° prediction is just that. Reality can surprise. A month and a half ago my weather report predicted 25° and what I got was 8° A few dozen cacti were still out including 14 hardy dormant trichs, they froze solid and changed color but were still alive when they 'melted' a few days later. If possible, bring inside. If thats not possible, put a plastic shower cap or styrofoam cup on the tip to prevent damage to the most vulnerable part. Remember eye protection when moving big honking cacti.
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    Pagans Are Really Annoyed That ISIS Took The Name Of Their Goddess

    Yeah, acronyms can suck at times In my old home town they set up the South Lake Union Trolley public transport, so now lots of good people ride the local SLUT on the way to work. Over on your side theres the Health Purchasing Victoria. Damn government, giving people HPV. Sometimes you just cant win. You can fight bad acronyms tho, I suggest founding the Acronym Standardization Society.
  14. So I have a bunch of Psycho0 X TPM and TPM X N1 plants growing. The TPM X N1's all look the same and, not surprisingly, very similar to the Psycho0 X TPM's which also all look pretty much the same... with one glaring exception. On the left is a normal Psycho0 X TPM, on the right is the odd one, behind it on shorter stock are some TPM X N1's. The odd Psycho0 X TPM is fatter, darker, has fewer ribs, fewer spines, fatter spines, darker spines, wider V notches. It looks like what I'd expect a psycho0 pup growing on Pereskiopsis to look like. Did I get an apomict seed or is this just some wild outlier or contaminant seed?
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    Planty fluorene derivative?

    Some years back, just in passing, I saw the structure of a fluorene derivative substituted at the methylene bridge cited as a constituent of whatever medicinal plant I was investigating at the time. I only noted it at the time because I played with fluorene and fluorenone in college. Fluorene: What the hell plant was it? (I'm asking because of the discovery of a group of synthetic cancer specific apoptosis inducing BAX activator compounds recently discovered [Link] [Patent with pics] I swear I saw a relevant looking natural analog at some point and I'm curious if the plant has traditional use against cancer)
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    Planty fluorene derivative?

    Oh yeah, I know that one. I learned about it at 13 when I saw Vinca rosea in a book on legal highs I never tried it tho, those alks are too hardcore- theyre real chemo drugs with all the associated implications of hair loss and explosive vomiting, loss of immune function, etc. If I were ever desperate enough to go in for chemo I'd let the doctors administer that stuff but I'd look into preparatory prolonged fasting. Theres some interesting research being done there. Apparently going on a 0 calorie starvation fast for 3 days before the chemo (and obviously fasting while sick on chemo) shuts down the healthy immune cells as much as possible, protecting them from the chemo, but the cancer still acts like a drunken college student and so gets killed by the chemo. On top of that, research shows that prolonged fasting effectively 'de-ages' the immune system both in the efficiency of individual immune cells and restoring proper ratios between immune cell types (which go off balance with age). Cool stuff. Prolonged Fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to Promote Hematopoietic-Stem-Cell-Based Regeneration and Reverse Immunosuppression Reduced levels of IGF-I mediate differential protection of normal and cancer cells in response to fasting and improve chemotherapeutic index
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    Limited positivity , NOT ENOUGH LIKES!

    And it appears to have green fuzz on it. Dude, that could be ass fungus. I hear pee kills fungus! I'd help, but I dont think the customs form has a box to tick for fresh pee.
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    Psycho0 apomict?

    Theyre actually about a year old, only recently (few months) grafted. I had carefully hardened the babies off and grew them under the full sun this year so the monsters wouldnt be limp-wristed and rot prone. It was only as fall approached that I grafted some of the non-monsters onto pereskiopsis and put them under lights, thats why they're wedge grafted. So all relevant visible growth was done while grafted and under lights, but it was done on seedlings that had grown hard under summer sun for some time.
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    Psycho0 apomict?

    Yeah, it may just be eager to grow up, or perhaps more willing to give proper growth under artificial light. It'll be interesting to compare them in september after they've both spent six months under full sun. If the right one is simply mimicking a more mature phenotype it begs the question, is that a behavior that can be artificially induced.
  20. He was all off on a thing saying he wants likes, so I suggested if he wants them so much he should show his butt. And I put it up for a vote to encourage him
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    Limited positivity , NOT ENOUGH LIKES!

    People are waiting to see if you get desperate and show us your butt or something
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    Beginner tips for growing cactus

    For bridgesii (and other trichs) my method is simple: in summer treat them like potted tomatoes, in winter treat them like dried flowers (in my climate winter growth means massive etiolation). In heat and strong sun these type of cacti like water and ferts. This year, as an experiment, I planted several scopulicola in water soaked pine duff. Supposedly a mix that would make a cactus just explode on the spot and would have me up on charges as a psychotic cactus murderer... I've never seen scops grow so fast. Ignore any 'traditional' cactus growing advice unless your growing traditional cacti- like mammillarias or astrophytums.
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    Show off your freaks

    I'm starting to put this in the freak class. I started up a bunch of Echinocereus fendleri and split into two groups. One group I overwatered and overfertilized until there was only one survivor, which I grafted. The poor bastard is all flabby and pale and splotchy
  24. When a plant pollinates itself, correct, each seed is a genetically distinct individual. Seed form clones happen as well tho, its called apomixis. That happens with impossible crosses that actually produces seeds (Harissia jusbertii is the classic cactus example, it cant pollinate itself but if you pollinate it with a trich each seed will be a exact clone of the mother). It also happens with crosses that are viable! In literature on Opuntia and Hylocereus breeding you can see where they have to sort out whats a true cross and whats an apomict in any given group of 'siblings' from a single cross. To date I havent seen any evidence establishing just how much of a role apomixis plays in the cement tek pollinations.
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