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  1. #1 Could we grow wheat and other crops with speed of bamboo? 
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    Bamboo is able to grow with speed of 1m per day.
    Does that mean that we potentially could enforce other vegetables such as wheat,potatous,tomatous,corn and other to grow with the same speed?
    Maybe some genetic engineereng could help?


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    No. It can grow so fast only because it draws resources from the rest of the plant.


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    We could, though, use what we know from bamboo to coax other plant life into having similar outputs and growing speeds. We're not there yet, but it's certainly not some physical impossibility to achieve.
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    No. It can grow so fast only because it draws resources from the rest of the plant.
    What exactly resources do you mean?There is plenty of carbon dioxide and nitrogen in the air and water in not a problem in lot of countries.What is concerning to microelements, some of them could be artificially introduced in the ground.
    I don`t see how bamboo could draw resources from extremely large territory because it
    would need to have extremely long roots to do it.Also there seem to be such thing as
    bamboo forests.
    The main sense to increase growth of different plants that I see is to reduce territory
    of orable land and such improve ecology and reduce price of land and food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanley514
    Also there seem to be such thing as
    bamboo forests.
    Indeed. But even one bamboo plant can create a forest. The whole forest then supports the growth of new shoots.
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    Indeed. But even one bamboo plant can create a forest. The whole forest then supports the growth of new shoots.
    What is the fastest grown plants in the world which retreive nutrients on their own?
    What do you think about micro algae reproduction?I guess thay do not support each other with nutrients.
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    So according to the article above in order to breed two different plants they have to have the same number of chromosomes, right?
    Does wheat and bamboo have the same number? Also if we want wheat to grow faster than can we not create a kind of forced evolution were we only breed plants that mature the fastest?
    Would this work? Are scientists already doing such a thing?
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    yes but first they will have to make sure that it can only grow when grafted onto their rootstock and only when sprayed with their insecticides and they will have to irradiate the crop so that it only produces infertile seeds except in their own fields.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granpa
    yes but first they will have to make sure that it can only grow when grafted onto their rootstock and only when sprayed with their insecticides and they will have to irradiate the crop so that it only produces infertile seeds except in their own fields.

    capitalism does not work.
    Was this in response to my question? If so it doesn't make very much sense. So scientists ARE trying this? And what do you mean by capitalism doesn't work?
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