David Kirkpatrick

October 5, 2009

Carbon nanotubes make tomatos germinate faster

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:02 pm

Via KurzweilAI.net — I’ll have to say the idea carbon nanotubes “appear to penetrate the thick seed coat” is one of those cautionary details on nanotech.

A sprinkling of nanotubes makes plants shoot up

New Scientist Tech, Oct. 4, 2009

Tomato seeds planted in growth medium that contained carbon nanotubes germinated sooner and seedlings grew faster, University of Arkansas researchers have found.

The nanotubes appear to penetrate the thick seed coat, which would allow water to enter the dry seeds more rapidly.

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