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Students eating seeds to cause hallucinations, Massachusetts school officials warn

School officials in a Massachusetts town are warning parents that buy vegetable seeds some students are eating plant seeds to cause hallucinations. Stores in Seekonk and Somerset have removed the seeds from shelves.

At least one student in Somerset was been hospitalized after ingesting seeds at a party, Fox 25 reported.

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2 days ago

Horned melon - 15 strange fruits and vegetables - Pictures

While it may look a bit like a clown's toupee, the Rambutan is a medium-sized tropical fruit that is native to Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines, Sri Lanka and other Southeast Asian countries. Additionally, rambutan is a Malay word literally meaning "hairy" attributed to its hairy cover.

Credit: Wikimedia/Forest and Kim Starr

The horned melon (also known as "blowfish fruit" in the U.S.) is a member of the cucumber and melon family that is native to Africa, but now grown in a variety of places worldwide. Known also as the African horned cucumber, jelly fruit, and English tomato, eating this fruit is like biting into a cucumber that tastes like a banana.

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3 days ago

Ataris Pallidipennis Stal: Rare Bug Goes Viral on Web

"Ataris Pallidipennis Stal." Somehow, this term became the most-searched term on Google Trends this morning, although there was almost no information to be found on it.

It turns out to be an insect -- a rare and probably harmless bug from South Africa -- that was found in a shipment of cut flowers from South Africa and stopped at Miami International Airport 10 days ago. Its real scientific name is Uttaris pallidipennis Stal -- note the spelling difference -- and a single bug was found by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

"They fumigated it and the shipment went on," said Jose Castellano of the Customs Service.

He said the agency made the find Aug. 20 (they find insects in flower shipments all the time). "It really isn't something to be concerned about," he said, "though you can't really tell for sure until it's out in a place where it's not a native species."

Real Bugs and Computer Bugs

This may tell us more about the spread of information around the Web than the spread of insects around the world. Search for "Ataris Pallidipennis Stal" on Google and you'll find a lot of references by bloggers, mystified why it became a hot search term.

How does such a spelling error become so widespread?

"This is not uncommon," said Google in a statement from R.J. Pittman, its director of product management. "Often we see common misspellings appear and even multiple variations of misspellings appear in rising search trends. This is particularly true for names, places and things that are either difficult to spell, or often have multiple correct spellings."

And -- a caution here -- a search for the misspelled version may not tell you much about the real bug, but you may find plenty of computer bugs if you look in the wrong places. There are Web sites that post Google's rising searches in order to send malware to searchers' machines. And just to complicate things, "Ataris" is awfully close to "Atari," as in the video game company. (There's also a punk rock band called the Ataris.)

Scientists at the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center in Homestead said, at first, the bug was so rare they had never heard of it.

"There are only a couple of people in the world who work on this," said Prof. Waldemar Klassen, who did some research and found that similar species are believed to feed on grass seeds -- although, never having seen this particular species, biologists are not sure what kinds of grass it might like if it got loose in the United States.

Has it? Not the one found by the customs agents, but it's possible, of course, that others have slipped through and are munching away at U.S. grasses while nobody is looking.

Nobody, that is, except for the thousands of us who searched for "Ataris Pallidipennis Stal" today.

5 days ago

Saving vegetable seeds. - Free Online Library

There are a number of reasons to save seeds. Perhaps you would like

to preserve a wonderful or unusual variety, or perhaps you would merely

like to be more independent. I have been learning about and practicing

seed-saving for six or seven years now, and what got me started is a bit

unusual. The way I see it, while we may garden in order to eat

vegetables, the plants also have a plan, which is to produce seed and

further their species. It seems only fair, after all they give us, to

let at least some of them achieve their goal as well. One thing I have

found is that there's always more to learn. Every plant, every

climate and even

6 days ago

Trees of Australia - The Snottygobble

When first mentioning the Snottygobble tree, one is likely to hear snorts of derision. However, snottygobble is its official, common name. The Snottygobble is one of 90 species of the genus Persoonia. Four of these species can be found in the south-west of Western Australia (WA). The snottygobble is common throughout WA's jarrah forests and a key component of the mid-storey level of such habitats.

In the eastern areas of Australia, the Persoonia is referred to as 'geebung'. This was the local aboriginal word for the fruit of the tree. The geebung was a source of food and medicine to the indigenous tribes of the country.

The snottygobbles of Western Australia grow in jarrah forest, mixed jarrah and karri or woodland and are found from Perth to Albany in Western Australia.

The snottygobble grows well on laterite (gravelly) soils. It normally stays under five metres in height which makes it stand out among the taller eucalypts. It has bright, green foliage which contrasts with the softer grey-green of the jarrahs and marris.

The upright snottygobble (also known as the long-leaf persoonia) has the Latin name of Persoonia longifolia (longu 'long', folium 'leaf'). Its habit is graceful and weeping. The attractive bark of this woodland tree is dark reddish to bronze in colour. The bark consists of many layers which flake off easily. During the flowering season, short sprays of deep yellow to orange flowers appear. The narrow, slightly curved leaves are 70 to 220mm in length and are light green in colour. The fruits are the shape of a jellybean and hold one to two seeds. The seeds have an outer layer which is green and fleshy. This outer covering is a source of bush tucker for local Nyoongar aborigines. The cambium layer was also used for medicinal purposes.

The fruit is small and sweet, about the size of a blueberry. It is very tasty. When opened, the flesh is mucous-like and green. This accounts for the first part of its rather singular name. The latter part of the name apparently originated when early settlers observed their pigs gulping down the fruit. The snottygobble is popular with emus and other native mammals as a food source. The fruit is ripe from June to July and, during this time, emu droppings may consist almost entirely of Snottygobble fruit.

Because of its moderate size, its attractive, drooping habit and coppery coloured flaking bark, the tree has potential as a garden specimen. However it has been incredibly hard to regenerate and there are no easy ways to procure the plant. The foliage is harvested in the wild for the cut flower market. Natural dispersal is through the droppings of animals such as emus, wallabies and kangaroos.

Persoonia longifolia has larger flowers than those of the other south west species. Native bees pollinate the flowers which also attract the Western Brown Butterfly. When the flowers split, the four narrow segments curl back on themselves to reveal narrow stamens. Reproduction also takes place via root suckers.

Persoonia elliptica or the spreading snottygobble is also common and, like its narrow-leaved cousin, is found in the jarrah/marri forest. The leaves are broader and thicker and the bark is crumbly and cork-like. The leaves are oval and light green in colour and the flowers are yellow.

Like the jarrah that it shares its home with, the quaintly named snottygobble is affected by dieback and is not easily propagated. Some sources state the seeds must pass through the digestive tract of an emu before they will sprout. Whatever the trick is, there are very few people who have been successful at propagating this plant.

7 days ago

Fine Vegetable Seeds and Garden Seeds for Your Garden

Your garden is a place where you would definitely like to grow something wonderful. After all, it is your realm, your lair. You deserve to grow anything you feel like without feeling guilty or hesitant. Fruits, vegetables, flowers, anything you feel like deserves to thrive in your garden. All you need to do is get the right seeds and sow them properly. Keep watering them and let them get plenty of sunshine and within no time, you will see something delightful coming out of them which you can be proud of.

But first, your priority should be getting to sow quality seeds. Vegetable seeds and garden seeds only produce the desirable effect when made from good quality. If you sow shoddy and second grade seeds, then you reap accordingly. Sowing quality seeds guarantees a quality harvest, provided they are watered and sun shone.

Identify the right online portal from where you can purchase these. Vegetable seeds would be packet seeds, brassicas, broccoli, cabbages, Brussels sprouts, lettuces, sweet peppers, chilli peppers, aubergines, radishes, carrots, beans and tomatoes.

Quality garden seeds fall in a similar pattern. Some of the finest ever to have been made include the Ageratum Mixture Seeds, Snapdragon Tall Mixture Seeds, Clarkia Mixture Seeds, Dwarf Morning Glory Mixture Seeds which are also known as Convolvulus Tricolour, Cosmos Mixture known as Cosmos Bipinnatus, Larkspur Mixture Seeds etc.

Get as many as of these as you can. Begin to sow them in your garden. Put them in all the right places and water them properly and let them have plenty of sunshine falling on them. When that happens, you will soon see little fruits, vegetables and flowers coming out and soon spreading themselves all over the place.

Your Flower Seeds garden becomes a natural splendour with your favourite fruits, vegetables and flowers all over the place. You can grow some of the most exquisite fruits right in front of your home in your garden, which are otherwise the rarest to find elsewhere.

Grow seasonal as well as regular vegetables such as sweet corn, sacharatta, brokali, red cabbage, kalibos, carrot/atomic red, carrot/cosmic purple, carrot/lunar white, the castor bean plant seed, tomato cherry late blight resistant koralik, ocimum basilicum or basil, zucchini astra seed, lettuce mixture seed, tomato black greenhouse, chocolate berry etc.

It is good to grow all these in your garden for they happen to be help make some of the most wonderful natural vegetable dishes.

Some of these are categorized as F1, F2 and OP. The Open Pollinated Varieties are usually grown together and demonstrate similar performance. They pollinate together. The stock is maintained well. Poor stock maintenance usually leads to variable varieties with an indifferent performance.

F1 Hybrid Varieties are mostly a result of a crossover between two pure breeding parents. The F1 Varieties are more uniform, vigorous and show a better overall performance than most of the other OP Varieties. The parent plants are generally grown under cover with most species requiring hand pollination. Parent lines in these cases must also be maintained.

F2 are seeds collected from F1 plants. There is less uniformity and vigour than the parent F1 but better than equivalent OP varieties.

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1 week ago

19 Types of Flowering Trees to Embellish Your Beautiful Garden

While flowering plants and shrubs can add beauty, form, and shape to your landscape, a flowering tree; lone or grouped, will highlight even the dullest corners as well as lend a transitory color to the garden each season. Growing a flowering tree requires attention to few details; height, ground, and crown cover, seasonal leaves and flower shedding, care and maintenance, diseases, etc. It is best to get information about the tree you want to grow, from the nursery you plan to pick them from. But for deciding on which one you want, go through this article, which enlists the different types of flowering trees.

Plum Tree

The beautiful flowering plum tree is a medium-sized tree tha

2 weeks ago

How to Read a Seed Catalog by Kathy Anderson

Long before the first daffodils of the year come into bloom, seed catalogs are delivered to our mailboxes to herald the arrival of Spring. A good seed catalog contains so much information, it can sometimes be overwhelming for a novice gardener to decide which seeds to buy for their garden. Today I'll explain how to interpret catalog descriptions for vegetable, herb and flower seeds.

Let's start with vegetable and herb seed descriptions, since they're fairly straightforward. A typical catalog listing for these seeds will look something like this description for lettuce seeds:

"Black Seeded Simpson (45 Day) Crisp, tender and sweet. Heat resistant. Pkt. $1.25"


2 weeks ago

Top 10 Plants to Grow in a Cold Frame

A cold frame is a structure used by farmers and gardeners to protect plants and vegetables during cold weather. Cold frames are built close to the ground and have a transparent roof. The clear roof allows needed sunlight throughout the day, and prohibits the escape of heat during the night. Seedlings can be grown in the cold frame and subsequently transplanted into your flower bed or vegetable garden. The types of plants you can grow in your cold frame will be determined by the climate and weather severity in your area. The following is a list of top ten plants to grow in a cold frame.

1. Arugula

A spicy herb used for seasonings and salads. Germinates in the winter. Has a rapid growth rate and can be sown with early crops. Matures in forty five days.

2. Beets

Cylindrical beets are ideal plants for a cold frame. Eight inch long beets can be pickled, canned, or eaten fresh. Sow seeds in August for the winter harvest. Plants will mature in sixty days.

3. Broccoli

This healthy and nutritious winter vegetable grows well in cool soil. Sow broccoli seeds in cold frame soil in mid to late summer for winter crops. Broccoli plants will reach maturity in about seventy four days.

4. Cabbage

Several different varieties of cabbage will grow in a cold frame. Plant seeds in mid or late summer to harvest a winter crop. Plants usually take one hundred and ten days to mature.

5. Carrots

Little Finger carrots are perfect plants for a cold frame. Sow seeds at the beginning of August for crops that will be ready by winter. Plants take sixty five days to mature.

6. Greens

Greens grow well in cool soil. Seeds for turnip and mustard greens can be sowed in the middle of August for a bountiful winter harvest. Reaches maturity in forty five days.

7. Green Onions

An excellent addition to salads, soups, and stir-fried vegetables. Seeds can be sowed in August, matures in seventy five days.

8. Lettuce

Lettuce seeds thrive in cool soil and can be harvested in winter months. Sow lettuce seeds directly into cold frame soil during the fall season. Matures in approximately sixty five days.

9. Radishes

Tolerates cool soil, plant seeds in early fall for a winter crop. Matures in twenty two days.


One of the best plants for a cold frame. Plant seeds in early September. Takes forty six days to mature.

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2 weeks ago

Global Seeds Market Analysis & Trends Report 2016 - Industry Forecast to 2025 - Research and Markets

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global

Seeds Market Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2025"

report to their offering.

The Global Seeds Market is poised to grow at a CAGR of around 13.3% over

the next decade to reach approximately $204.5 billion by 2025.

This industry report analyzes the global markets for Seeds across all

the given segments on global as well as regional levels presented in the

research scope. The study provides historical market data for 2013, 2014

revenue estimations are presented for 2015 and forecasts from 2016 till


The study focuses on market trends, leading players, supply chain

trends, technological innovations, key developments, and future

strategies. With comprehensive market assessment across the major

geographies such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East,

Latin America and Rest of the world the report is a valuable asset for

the existing players, new entrants and the future investors.

The study presents detailed market analysis with inputs derived from

industry professionals across the value chain. A special focus has been

made on 23 countries such as U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, Spain,

France, Italy, China, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, etc. The

market data is gathered from extensive primary interviews and Vegetable Seeds South Africa secondary


Key Topics Covered:

1 Market Outline

2 Executive Summary

3 Market Overview

3.1 Current Trends

3.1.1 Increasing demand for animal feed

3.1.2 Rising area under farming of seeds with trait propelling the

market growth

3.1.3 Increasing grain investments in seed bio-technology

3.1.4 Recent Technological Developments of Seeds Market

3.1.5 Growth Opportunities/Investment Opportunities

3.2 Drivers

3.3 Constraints

3.4 Industry Attractiveness

4 Seeds Market, By Crop Types

4.1 Cereals/Grains

4.2 Oilseed

4.3 Vegetable Seeds

4.4 Horticulture Seeds Lawn/Grass Seeds Flower Seeds

4.5 Fruit Seeds

4.6 Other Seeds

5 Seeds Market, By Biotech Traits

5.1 Insecticide Resistant Seeds

5.2 Herbicide Tolerant Seeds

5.3 Other Stacked Trait

6 Seeds Market, By Geography

9 Leading Companies

- Allis India Limited

- Bayer CropScience AG

- Dow AgroSciences LLC

- E. I. du Pont de Nemours

- Groupe Limagrain Holding SA

- Hefei Fengle

- KWS Saat SE

- Krishidhan Seeds

- Land O'Lakes, Inc.

- Limagrain

- MonsantaCompany

- Monsanto Company

- Nuziveedu Seeds

- Sakata Seed Corporation

- Syngenta

- Syngenta AG

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