Attn:David Erskine/Parasitic plants etc...

Michael L Roginsky d_micro at
Sun Oct 12 13:37:26 EST 1997

In <61ejqg$2qs_001 at> erskine at
(David Erskine) writes: 
>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 
>>>>    I am unaware of any parasitic plants that may be or are capable
>>>>providing any kind of significant nutrition. Maybe, someone out
>>>>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
>>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

I wonder, what's the practicality of plant food that requires no
sunlight to grow? Even in polar regions the energy from the sun can be
used to grow plants within temperature ranges that are available now!
Mike Roginsky

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