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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rambutan the tropical fruit

Rambutan is a tropical plant belonging to the tribe lerak-lerakan or Sapindaceae, originating from the islands of Southeast Asia. The word "rambutan" comes from a fruit that has skin-like hair.
Rambutan numerous in tropical regions such as Africa, Cambodia, Caribbean, Central America, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Sri Lanka. rambutan fruits contain various types of sugar. Types and levels of sugar per 100 g of fruit flesh is glucose (2.8 g), fructose (3.0 g), and sucrose (9.9 g)

Rambutan growth is influenced by the availability of water. After the fruitful completion, rambutan trees will blossom (flushing) produce new branches and leaves. This stage is very clearly observed with a light green color of the tree because it is dominated by young leaves. This growth will stop when water availability is limited and plants grown resting.

Really Trees Could 'Talk'?

It turned out that not only animals that can communicate with each other. Researchers concluded that the trees were able to establish communication to others.

As reported by the site IO9, Ian Baldwin, director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, published a paper which concluded that the tree can spread a chemical compound to 'communicate' with another tree nearby.
According to Baldwin, when a tree that he researched attacked by insects, the tree will produce tannin and various other chemical compounds.
The compound is usually removed to inhibit the growth and availability of food for insect larvae, and to defend themselves from further attacks of these insects.
Other Baldwin findings, after which it was not just trees that are attacked by insects that emit chemical compounds that, but also other trees that have not been attacked, issued the same compound.
Baldwin and his colleagues conclude, the chemical was issued as a mechanism to warn of potential dangers faced by other trees that also could prepare a defense.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Benefits of dragon fruit

The dragon fruit is precisely of the Hycocereus undatus family, thus making it one of the widespread red dragon fruit. Typically, the fruit has red pulp, or red flesh if you like. The fruit originates from the dragon fruit cactus plant, which usually appears like vines. Unlike day pollination done by bees, it is surprising to note that this nutritious and tasty fruit blooms at night where pollination is caused by nocturnal living things such as bats and moths.  What is more, it blooms a few times annually, blossoming with the now synonymous huge aromatic buds. 
Despite the fact that people avert and dislike bats, they play a very important role in the pollination and formation of these dragon fruit cactus plants. This is because the dragonfruit cactus plant will only come out successfully after a complete pollination process. Note that even dragonfruit plants that carry out self pollination fail to create a dragonfruit cactus if they don’t get the assistance of the bats. In simple terms, the bats carry out a successful and proper pollination process of the dragonfruit cactus plant to bring out the delectable fruits that we relish.