Mu­tant daisy dilemma

CityPress - - News - – Staff re­porter

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 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

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