Aspartame Research

Jim Kami jakami at
Tue Oct 14 14:21:09 EST 1997

Frederik Boernke wrote:
> Gene Newcomb wrote:
> >
> > I doubt that you will find any reports comparing the effect of these
> > compounds on plants.  It seems to me that you are trying to set up a
> > comparison between non-comparable compounds.  Glucose is a natural
> > product of plant metabolism and a carbohydrate while aspartame is a
> > synthetic sweetener and a short chain of amino acids, the basic units of
> > proteins.  The fact that both taste sweet is of no significance to
> > plants.  I hope you will think long and hard about the value of this
> > proposed experiment.
> >
> > Gene, a retired botanist
> >
> Hi!
> You are absolutely wrong! Aspartame and other synthetic sweeteners have
> the same effects on plants as some carbohydrates have, at least
> concerning their impact on down regulating photosynthesis and their
> ability to induce pathogen defense.
> Cheers Ricky
> ******************************************************************

	Which "other synthetic sweeteners" are you describing? I'm not familiar
with the details concerning carbohydrate regulation of a plants pathogen
defense response. Can you provide any experimental or peer-reveiwed
documentation to support your claim.

Jim Kami
Blue Rose Biotech

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