It's the Plants, Darling

The Race for the Red Iris

Today’s New York Times tells us the exciting tale of plant geeks and the race for their chosen Holy Grail, a true red iris.  Stand back and watch from the sidelines coz it’s a tight race to the finish and the pollen is flying!

Now if you’re kinda French and nervous about genetic engineering, be warned.  And check out Michael Pollan’s Botany of Desire, wherein he makes the case that gene-mixing is our best hope for significantly reducing the use of pesticides.  (Or for a great contact high, read the chapter on marijuana.)

Posted by on June 27, 2006 at 4:13 am, in the category It's the Plants, Darling.
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2 responses to “The Race for the Red Iris”

  1. firefly says:

    Personally, I hope the iris wins!

    (Is there really anybody out there who refuses to have iris in the garden “because it doesn’t come in red” — ?)

  2. Carol says:

    Reminds of when people were trying to breed the first white marigold. I think Burpee had a contest and some little old lady won. They still call it a MariGOLD, even though it is white. Something not quite right about that!