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Tasting chlorophyll

Thu Feb 22 10:16:49 EST 1996

There's no way I would suggest to my students that they attempt to taste 
chlorophyll by chomping on leaves. This sounds typical of a high school 
teacher who was probably educated as a zoologist or general biologist. If s/he 
had been educated as a botanist and taken a plant anatomy course, or plant 
taxonomy, or probably a bunch of other botany courses as well, that teacher 
would have known that there is at least a significant probability that the 
student would ingest raphides crystals or alkaloids that could land the 
student in the emergency room and the teacher in the courtroom.

Jim Perry
UW Fox Valley
jperry at uwcmail.uwc.edu

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