The forest around the sanctuary is very cool, compared to the villages and towns around, due to water evaporation from plants (plant is composed of 98% water)
To distribute the water throughout the plant, the plant produces a sugar solution and through osmosis transports it upwards throughout the stem and the foliage. Through evaporation in the upper parts of the plant, the difference in pressure occurs (lower pressure higher in the plant), and the sugar solution is able to travel upwards.
A plant uses physical (pressure) and chemical (binding and decomposing of molecules) processes to distribute energy needed for different operations. It can slow down and speed up different processes by altering pressure in its sieve tubes.
Plant produces more O2 during day (air bubbles appear as a byproduct of photosynthesis), while releasing CO2 through its stomata at night. The plant doesn't have a central respiratory system. Plants receive air through photosynthesis. Some plants require storage, to which air and water come through a series of chemical processes which use and produce wax, oil and dextrose.
Photosynthesis - aided by chloroplast (pigment) cells, able to catch sunlight. Chloroplast is well aligned on the top of the leaves, while inside the tissue they are scattered to catch more light. Chloroplast is the first pigment to disappear in autumn, making other pigments visible. Plants rely on two basic colours: carotene and abthocyanine. interesting tangent - look into eating plants as 'eating colours'
A plant is 'aware' of seasons by the length of darkness and draught. To 'measure' this, the plant produces a blue pigment, excreted only at night, which produces a hormone to guide the growth processes. Nitrogen plays an important role in this.
Defense systems of plants rely either on thorns or mustard oils.
Report on the visit to Material Connexion library in Koeln.
How do they get materials?
physical library: boxes of samples, with attached technical information and a reference number. with the reference number, you can access the company index and get the contact information.
online database: with search function, in which you can find images of the materials, with technical information, reference numbers and contact information
For an additional price, it is possible to receive more detailed research reports (you can employ them to do research for you).
For FoAM :
Other material library to contact: Materio in .nl / paris
Plans for july:
2. edible plants
Detailed notes on YGL Summit 2006
4 days conference:
day 1: dignity day, visit to vancouver schools, talking to kids about the concept of 'dignity' and the initiative to allow everyone to lead a dignified life ('we're all the same'). opening reception with Gordon Campbell (president of BC) and Klaus Schwab (chairman wef, founder ygl)
day 2: plenary session on what we do, why we're here, what we want to achieve. panels and interactive sessions on (see final programme). museum of anthropology - dinner and performance.
day 3: business brainstorming. priorities for 2020; presentations and round tables: poverty and development, education, environment, global governance and security, health, new initiatives. outdoor team building. dinner with members of foundation board
day 4: defining a common vision + action plans for task-forces. new ideas worth following up. closing panel. informal networking.
More details on Subtle Technologies
foam's current ecological footprint - 2 planets. hm.