Roses. Genetics. Wild flowers.

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Modern roses have had a crazy history of blending genes from eight to 20 species, so decoding the DNA hodgepodge has been difficult. Rose breeders have opted for “showy plants,” says molecular geneticist Mohammed Bendahmane of École Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France. In the process, fragrances dwindled, and efforts to build them back in have not been fabulous.

By decoding the genetics of an heirloom variety, a fragrant pink China rose called “Old Blush,” an international team of researchers has uncovered some new targets to tweak. That roster of genes plus an analysis of scent revealed at least 22 previously uncharacterized biochemical steps the plants can use to make terpene compounds, which help give roses their perfume, researchers reported on April 30, 2018 in Nature Genetics. (1)

Roses are red. Roses smell nice.

We will soon make them smell even better.

Because we know what controls their scent.

But we will never succeed.

Because smelling nice does not suffice.

In the future we will have the greatest roses of them all. The best roses in the history of the planet. But we will have lost our soul. Left it inside the lab, while creating roses. A world full of roses, but with no one to sit down and smell them. Because they are too pre-occupied to make them smell.

Let the roses die.

Find a wild flower to smell.

And their scent will come back…

Butterflies. Before we had flowers…

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Visiting a colleague in Germany in 2012, Boston College Research Professor Paul K. Strother was examining soil samples for pollen, spores, pieces of plants and insect legs – organic debris that might otherwise have been considered “pond scum” when it was trapped in sediment during cataclysmic earth events 200 million years ago.

The slides of rock samples drilled in the German countryside included some material that looked familiar to Strother, who studies the origin and early evolution of land plants. What he saw were features similar to those found in insect wings.

The only problem was that these types of moths and butterflies (Lepidoptera) were long posited to have evolved 50 to 70 million years later, during the Cretaceous period when the first flowering plants emerged as their prime food source.

“The consensus has been that insects followed flowers”, said Strother, a co-author of “A Triassic-Jurassic window into the evolution of Lepidoptera”, a new report published in Science Advances. “But that would be 50 million years later than what the wings were saying. It was odd to say the least, that there would be butterflies before there were flowers”. (1)

Seek beauty.

In a void and cold cosmos.

It is here.

Even before the world becomes beautiful…

We are all gods.

Because we used to.

And – mainly – because we will be again…

Smell that flower.

It is not here.

But it will be.

Get extinct… In an elegant way!

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Mammoths were extinct because some wild flowers went extinct. (1)

You may think of mammoths and rinos as anything BUT elegant.
You may believe that animals are… animals.

But some giants eat flowers.
Think of that while you are eating… burgers?

How rude.

At least one can say mammoths were killed because of flowers.
When we are extinct they will say that…

…we were extinct by cows?

Flowers. Being. For ever.

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A flower.
Creating seeds.
Future and past locked together.
Paused in time. (1)

We can see them as if we were there.
But wouldn’t we always see them if we were there?

Time is just another dimension…
The flowers are here now.
The flowers existed back then.
Always. Along with us.

I will always be here in 2014 writing this…
No matter how many millions of years pass.
(Harmonia Philosophica)

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