The Scientist Whose Yoghurt Pots Have Achieved an Evolutionary Breakthrough

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), November 12, 2008 | Go to article overview

The Scientist Whose Yoghurt Pots Have Achieved an Evolutionary Breakthrough


Byline: Sally Williams

AN EXPERIMENT conducted at no cost with yoghurt pots and schoolchildren has been named among the "most important recent science to be published" worldwide.

Dr John Warren said he noticed, while on a beach for his 15-year-old daughter's birthday party at Ynyslas, near Borth, that exposed coastal flowers had long stalks that could easily be damaged by the wind, while their related Alpine species tended to flower in cushions on the ground.

His research into the differences has been called a "plant life evolutionary breakthrough" after he discovered that the waviness of the coastal stalks is a factor in attracting pollinating insects.

With the help of his children's friends and two sixth-formers, Dr Warren, of Aberystwyth University's Institute of Biological, Environmental & Rural Sciences, conducted research on a shoestring by growing and comparing plants with stalks of various lengths, in his backyard in yoghurt pots.

He concluded there must be an element of genetic control over the stalk lengths for evolution to operate.

His paper, Do Flowers Wave to Attract Pollinators? recently appeared in the Journal of Evolutionary Biology and has attracted worldwide acclaim from the Smithsonian Magazine to local papers as far afield as St Helena, South Atlantic.

The Faculty of 1000 Biology, an online service that evaluates scientific papers across the globe, said Dr Warren's discovery was among the "most important recent science to be published".

A spokeswoman for Faculty 1000 said: "The image of beckoning flowers alone should make one want to read this paper."

Dr Warren said: "The kids were playing at my 15-year-old daughter Eleanor's party a few summers ago and I was by the car watching tall flowers blowing in the shingle. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Scientist Whose Yoghurt Pots Have Achieved an Evolutionary Breakthrough
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.