Mutant daisy dilemma
An international debate is raging over a picture of Japanese daisies that appear to have mutated because of nuclear radiation.
In May, Twitter user @san_kaido posted a picture of the daisies apparently snapped near Japan’s illfated Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, which had a meltdown after an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
But British news site Metro.co.uk reported that although the pictures were almost certainly from Fukushima, the daisies’ mutation may not have been from radiation. There might be a simpler explanation – that the plants were displaying what’s known in botanical circles as “fascination” or “cresting”, which results from a hormonal imbalance.
FULL BLOOM This picture of what is claimed to be a mutant daisy is said to have been taken near the Fukushima Nuclear Plant