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Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby Sisyphus on September 26th, 2009, 11:29 am 

Fruit grower Ken Morrish was left stunned when he found a golden delicious apple on his tree split exactly half green, half red down the middle.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... green.html

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Ken Morrish, 72, of Colaton Raleigh, Devon, did a double take when he grew a Golden Delicious apple split down the middle - one half was green and the other red Photo: ARCHANT
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby wolfhnd on September 26th, 2009, 11:39 am 

A comment would have been nice sisyphus. Is this just a curiosity or do you think that it has some significance?
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby RAPTORFEET on September 26th, 2009, 11:54 am 

That's a neat apple. A harlequin.

The explanation is informative. We have a dozen or so apple trees and I've never thought much about the colour mix. Now I'll be looking at the colour pattern more closely as I bite in. The fruit is best right about now as the apples have a fresh crispy tang. Our pears are best just after the first frost.
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby BioWizard on September 26th, 2009, 12:54 pm 

I don't know how the genetics of apple coloration works, but the clean split between the two colored halves is very surprising to me.
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby Lincoln on September 26th, 2009, 1:23 pm 

Can anyone say "Photoshop?" This took 20 seconds. With 10 minutes of work, I could have made it much more convincing.
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby MrMistery on September 27th, 2009, 8:49 pm 

well, considering the article is in the telegraph, I don't think they just photoshopped it. My idea for this kind of thing is simple: a mitotic crossover during the very first division of the meristemal cell that was supposed to give rise to the fruit resulted in the gene for whatever enzyme makes an apple be red only get into one daughter cell. Then that just got passed down to successive cells, eventually leading to that.
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby Deftil on September 27th, 2009, 8:58 pm 

This reminds me of this

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so I bring you

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and yes I hope the Telegraph checked the story out enough to not just be fooled by a photoshop job, although it's still certainly possible.
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby Lincoln on September 27th, 2009, 9:15 pm 

Given that apples sometimes have red and green parts, it is bound to be true that one apple somewhere is going to have a bifurcation line that splits the apple in half.

However in this age of photoshop, seeing is no longer believing.
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby Sisyphus on September 28th, 2009, 2:02 am 

wolfhnd wrote:A comment would have been nice sisyphus. Is this just a curiosity or do you think that it has some significance?

I just thought it was interesting. I've never seen an apple like that before.
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Re: Million to one apple is half red, half green

Postby Sisyphus on September 28th, 2009, 2:09 am 

Deftil wrote:This reminds me of this

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so I bring you

apple god now.jpg


and yes I hope the Telegraph checked the story out enough to not just be fooled by a photoshop job, although it's still certainly possible.

Hehe, nice. Although, that's just the sort of thing people blame on gods. I'm sure someone could find an image of the Virgin Mary somewhere in or on that apple.
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