[NAFEX] Hot Blooms, kind of off topic
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Sat Jan 3 08:22:52 EST 2004
Some of you may find this article in Science News to be of interest, some
imaginative bioengineer could someday breed fruit blooms that would produce
their own heat:
Skunk cabbages can bloom inside a snowbank and create their own ice caves.
"You can break through the snow and look into these fantastic spaces,"
In experiments at air temperatures around 15°C, the inner core averaged some
9° higher. When the air temperature dropped to 15°C though, the fingerlike
projections reached temperatures 30° higher than the air. "Some mammals
can't even do that well," says Seymour.
An enzyme in the pathway, alternative oxidase or AOX, occurs only in plant
cells, where it's located in the cell powerhouses called mitochondria.
Make your home warm and cozy this winter with tips from MSN House & Home.
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