Attn:David Erskine/Parasitic plants etc...

Fri Oct 10 15:59:14 EST 1997

Yeast might work, if you could make it palitable. It multiplies rapidly
& needs only sugar & warmth.
David Erskine wrote:
> In article <34343049.0 at>,
>    "Dodderin' Ol' Don" <donw1948 at> wrote:
> > David & Richard -
> >
> >Excuse me for nosing into this thread but ...
> >
> >>Sugar is easy to transport and stores well. Preferably, sugar
> >>will be synthesised where it is used, using local carbon,
> >>hydrogen and oxygen. Food combusts to CO2 and water, and CO2 and
> >>water can, in principle, be made back into sugar again, using
> >>electric energy from, say, radioisotopes.
> >
> >Doesn't "food" constitute more than just sugar (and what particular sugar do
> >you have in mind?)
> Of course. But the quantities are much less than for sugar, and once the food
> production system is set up, other nutrients are recycled as sterilised human
> waste.
> >
> >>>    I am unaware of any parasitic plants that may be or are capable of
> >>>providing any kind of significant nutrition. Maybe, someone out there
> >>>knows of some.
> >
> >How about the mushroom & fungus families (mycilea? spelling?) Would it be
> >possible to genetically engineer a fungus that would not depend upon decayed
> >plant matter?
> Parasitic plants tap into the sap of photosynthetic plants. I suppose
> mushrooms could be changed to do the same. Or parasitic plants are grown and
> harvested, and mushrooms feed off decaying parasitic plants.
> The point is to get food plants which do not depend on photosynthesis.
> David Erskine

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