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BEN # 230 Viagra and cut flowers

David Hershey dh321 at excite.com
Wed Sep 1 00:08:02 EST 1999

The report is on the British Medical Journal website so if it is a joke,
it appears to be on the British Medical Journal. This is not a research
report, just a brief news item seemingly based on an interview with the
researcher. There is no citation given for the Viagra and cut flower
research, suggesting that it has not yet been published in a refereed
journal. As I mentioned earlier, it is well know that citrate will help
extend the life of cut flowers so it could be the researchers have just
found an expensive source of citrate in Viagra. Commercial cut flower
preservatives may extend the vase life of cut flowers by a week or two
so the Viagra result does not seem like a major breakthrough. Details of
the research are required for a thorough evaluation.


For school science projects, students have often examined the effects of
birth control pills on plants so trying Viagra is not that unexpected. 

David Hershey
dh321 at excite.com

Mycos wrote:
> Is it just me or or does anybody else see the rather sad yet poetic
> theme here. I would suspect a troll if it were coming from anybody
> other than Dr. Ceska.
> >
> >>
> >
> >> Siegel-Itzkovich,  Judy.  1999. Viagra makes flowers to stand up
> >>    straight.  British Medical Journal  319  (No. 7205 - July 31,
> >>    1999): 274.
> snipped
> >> of cut flowers, making them stand up straight for as long  as  a
> >> week beyond their natural life span.
> >>

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