The Loh Down On Science

Pollenator Terminator

We love the green thumb, less so the green nose.

This is Sandra Tsing Loh with the Loh Down on Science, and an update on allergies.

Meet the new, improved geranium!  Or, as those in lab coats call it, the Pelargonium.
 
Biomedical scientists in Spain injected Pelargonium cells with a gene for a special enzyme.  That enzyme terminates those nasty little pollen-producing anthers in flowers. They also added an antiaging enzyme—which isn’t a bad idea, given that geraniums have been house-plant favorites for over 300 years.

The result?  A plant with more prolific velvety leaves and more vibrant, colorful flowers.  And no pollen! That’s nothing to sneeze at!
 
The plants were also able to sustain their beauty longer, which for anybody who gardens means fewer dead flowers, less Claritin, and less Kleenex!   

Now all you have to do for a green thumb instead of a green nose is remember to add H2O.

But, hey, you don’t need to be a scientist to know that!

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