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Re: [APD] RE: Why algae don't grow and plants do under non limiting conditions

Did I like forget to put a winkie in that message? Drat!

"Darwinian Weenies" is not abject criticism. Just poking
some fun at the anthropomorphics of aquatic science. Why,
even in my most cynical mood, I would think of them at
worst as Huxley Hotdogs or Fermi Frankfurters. But never
actually as weenies.


--- Kyle Williams <amomum1 at yahoo_com> wrote:
> I agree with Tom about algae not being weenies. 
> "Darwinian weenies" are extinct, not
>  thriving in virtually every aquatic and terrestrial
> ecosystem on earth.  Species poorly 
> adapted to their environment just don't last, so you can
> assume that if it does 
> something we think isn't advantageous then it probably
> means we don't really 
> understand why it does what it does.  In its preferred
> habitat it probably has some 
> advantage over species that do things a different way. 
> This isn't to say evolution is 
> perfect, in fact every organism is stuck with some
> anachronistic characteristics they 
> don't need but aren't selected out of the species for one
> reason or another.  But
>  something  as fundamental as physiological responses to
> different forms of N are 
> pretty significant.  Keep in mind that even the simplest
> bacteria have been evolving 
> just as long as we have!
> -Kyle
> P.S.  Does anyone know how to get Yahoo mail to wordwrap?
>  My posts will be one
> long line on the APD page if I don't hit return, but
> Yahoo mail puts a big space
> between lines if I manually return.  I feel damned if I
> do and damned if I don't!
> >In terms of evolution, I think algae are far from
> weenies. They can live in more toxic >places, live on far
> less, handle more mechanical shock than any plant, live
> higher, >lower, colder, warmer, saltier, darker, there is
> even a human infestation form that >gets on the legs.
> I've seen some cases of it on patients in West Africa.
> I'm unaware >of any higher plants that grow on us. 
> >
> >Regards, 
> >Tom Barr
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