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Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 22, 2017 16:35

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Yes, that’s about how many uses you can find for vinegar these days.  I have a few hacks I’d like to try very soon using this ingredient that’s as old as civilization itself (traces in Egyptian urns-3,000 B.C.E. and recordings on Babylonian scrolls-5,000 B.C.E.).  And to think that the first batches of this sour liquid produced by fermentation were probably because some guy made a mistake in his wine-making process!

So besides being a “poor man’s wine”, culinary ingredient, disinfectant, cleanser, medicinal remedy, and hair/skin/nails beauty aid to name a few, vinegar has made it’s way on to the agricultural scene.  Back in 2002, scientific trials reported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that vinegar can be used as an herbicide.  These tests showed that a number of common weeds could be effectively controlled using vinegar with 5% acetic acid, the common ingredient in all vinegars.  It killed top growth but was not absorbed into perennial root systems.

And now a discovery that could make plants survive drought has been found.  Let me preface this by saying that scientists involved in plant biology have long favored the plant Arabidopsis (rockcress) for a couple of reasons.  This small flowering plant related to cabbage and mustard was the first to have its entire genome sequenced, and changes in thale cress are easily observed, making it a very useful model.  Recently researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science discovered novel Arabidopsis mutants that have a strong tolerance to drought, and found that these mutant plants produced larger amounts of acetate.  Hence the newest use for vinegar.  The team tested this hypothesis by growing normal plants in drought conditions and treatment with acetic acid, other organic acids, or water.  After 14 days over 70% of the plants treated with acetic acid had survived, while nearly all other plants had died.

RIKEN researcher Jong-Myong Kim had this to say:

Although transgenic technologies can be used to create plants that are more tolerant to drought, we must also develop simple and less expensive technologies because genetically modified plants are not available in all countries.  We expect that external application of acetate to plants will be a useful, simple, and less expensive way to enhance drought tolerance in a variety of plants.

 

 

Great news and another big salute to vinegar.  I’m going home tonight with plans to eat a salad, kill some weeds, clean my toilet, and tone my skin!

Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Resources:

http://www.riken.jp/en/pr/press/2017/20170627_2/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabidopsis

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Vinegar

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson August 22, 2017 16:35
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