From the Truth is Stranger than Fiction file: Israeli ‘survivor’ flower boasts cells in shape of Star of David

It’s known as the ultimate survivor. It grows wild in Israel, thriving in the harsh dry conditions that would kill many other plants. And what do the  cells of this hardy survivor – a native Israeli Persian buttercup – look like  under a microscope? A Star of David. "It really is symbolic," says Dr. Rina…

Israel’s accomplishments

The Middle  East has been  growing date palms for  centuries. The average tree is about 18-20 feet tall and yields about 38  pounds of dates a year. Israeli trees are now yielding 400 pounds/year and are  short enough to be harvested from the ground or a  short  ladder.Israel, the 100th  smallest country, with  less than…

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