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Oct 22, 2014 7:20 PM CST
Name: Joseph
Cache Valley Great Basin
Landrace: locally-adapted diversity
One of the projects I am working on is to create a new species: a perennial watermelon. One of the parents is poisonous, so if I ever get far enough along in the project that the new species exists, then the next step will be to taste lots of poisonous plants in hopes of finding a few that are not poisonous.

I currently do that with other cucurbits: C pepo, and C melo. I grow lots of Solanum tuberosum from seed. Sometimes the tubers are quite poisonous. Don't know until I taste them. Bleck!!!

And the beans. Ugh. I suppose that I am always flirting with phytohaemagglutinin poisoning. At least that poison is a spitter.


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