"and living in the wonder of it. The wonder of the question". What are the upper limits to plant toxicity? How and when should plants defend themselves? How do symbiotic relationships restrict or expand the boundaries of plant defense chemistry? The big questions that my work aims at tackling are constantly shifting around in my mind. I reshape these questions in an unending yearning to understand the bigger pattern that is shimmering before me, just below the surface. I did not realize the spiritual nature of this yearning, this tension, until I heard Krista Tippett describe it in a recent On Being podcast: I feel this palpable creative tension in expecting undiscovered patterns to explain
Plants can get cancer. Do you know the key difference between plants and animals that makes cancer mildly complicated for plants, but very serious for us animals? Our cells can move! Movement is one of the 5 basic principles of development: processes that enable a single cell to develop into a fully-functioning grown-up organism. Take a moment to realize how neat this is: first, that a single cell develops into a living creature. Second, everything that cells do in this process falls somewhere within these 5 developmental principles: 1. Cells can make more cells (Proliferation) Cue images from your classic biology textbook: mitosis and meiosis. Cells need to make more cells in order to grow.