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Page14 . ,* * POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 LO BAPEVATE CHE ... Un super pomodoro sta per apparire, e presto, sui supermercati del mondo intero. E stato .prodotto naturalmente, non manipolato geneticamente. E stato prodotto da una pianta nota, da incroci naturali, tra variet ibrlde, che rende il 60% in pifl ed un frutto pifl dolce. Questo super vegetale  il risultato di un esperimento condotto con una tecnica tradizionale, che in futuro potrebbe essere applicata per migliorare la produttiviti di altre colture: dal grano alia soia, seguendo una strada alternativa all'ingegneria genetica. Ne sono convinti gli autori dello studio che  stato pubblicato sulla rivista scientifica Na- ture Genetics. Zachary Lippman del Cold Spring Laboratory di New York ed i suoi colleghi israeliani della Hebrew Uni- versity, Uri Krieger e Dani Zamir, trail 2008 e il 2009 hanno testato sul campo, in differenti localit&, queste piante ottenendo effetti simili. Lo studio, chiarisce Lippman, mostra che usando una tecnica classica di selezione delle piante, e possible aumentare la produzione ottenendo risultati simili a quelli raggiunti impiegando organismi geneticamente modificati. Di fatto, i ricercatori sono riusciti a capire che il segreto degli ibridi super-prodotti e nel difetto del gene che controlla la fioritura, che produce una proteina chiamata 'florigen'. Lo hanno scoperto mentre erano a caccia del frammento di DNA responsabile del 'vigore ibrido', o eterosi, il fenomeno per cut incrociando due varieta di piante  possible ottenere ibridi pifi vigorosi, osservato per la prima volta da Charles Darwin, e descritto nel secolo scorso da George Shull nel mats.. Attingendo da una collezione di 5,000 piante con mutazioni genetiche, che causavano dei difetti nella crescita dei pomodori-nelle dimensioni come nella forma delle foglie, tanto per fare esempi, gli studiosi hanno incrociato ogni pianta con una mutazione genetica con un'altra senza quella mutazione, e trovato l'ibrido che garantisce una migliore produzione di pomodori, con un incremento fino al 60%. Cost e nata la superpianta di pomodoro che vanta una concentrazione di zucchero superiore alla norma. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... A super-tomato is about to show up in the world's supermarkets. It has been created "natu- rally," not genetically engineered. It came out of a known plant, naturally crossbred between hybrid rarities that pro- duce 60% more and much sweeter. This super-vegetable is the product of an experiment conducted using a tradi- tional technique, which in the future could be applied to improve the productivity of other cultures, from wheat to soy, following a different approach instead of the genetic engineering. The authors are confident of their work, which has been published on the scientific magazine Nature Genetics. Zachary Lippman, of the Cold Spring Laboratory of New York and his Israeli colleagues at the Hebrew University, Uri Krieges and Dani Zamir, between 2008 and 2009, field tested these plants in different areas getting the same results. The study, states Lippman, shows that by using the classic technique in selecting plants, it is possible to increase p:oduction getting similar results to those obtained genetically modified organisms. As a mat- ter of fact, the researchers were able to understand that the secret behind the super-product hybrid is in the altered gene which controls the flowering and produces a protein called "florigen." They discovered it while looking for a DNA fragment responsible for the "hybrid vigor," or eterosis, the phenomenon first observed by Charles Darwin and detailed last century by George Shull in corn..Putting together 5,000 plants with genetic mutations, which created faults in the growth of the tomatoes -- in the size as well as in the shape of the leaves. As an example, the researchers crossbred every plant with a genetic mutation and found the hybrid, which assures an improved production of tomatoes up to 60% higher. And so the super tomato plant with a sugar content higher than usual. On Sale Now! THE NORTH END Where It All Began The Way It Was by Fred Langone SALE PRICE $19.95 Plus Shipping & Handling On Site at The Post-Gazette 5 Prince Street, North End, Boston, MA The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani CHECK OUT northendwaterfront.com I recently bumped into Matt Conti at the Nazzaro Center. He's the editor of northendwaterfront.com, which is a great neighbor- hood blog covering the news and sharing the views of those who live in the com- munity. The blog's email is info@northendwaterfront.com and the website is www. northendwaterfront.com, Check it out. Another great way to instantly know your neighborhood. FUN FOR SCHOOL VACATION Check out the Kid's Fun Fair& Traveling Zoo. Cam- els and pony rides. Over 125 animals, an African ante- lope, a monkey farm and kangaroos. How about a 100-pound rat? Then, there are carnival rides. It all happens at the Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington on February 19 and 20. For further info visit www. alepposhriners, com. SOME THINK IT'S THE 4 TH QUARTER FOR JP'S LATIN QUARTER Hi-Lo Foods in Jamaica Plain, an urban-style super- market, has been around since 1947 but is now set- ting into ttie sunset. Many in the surrounding Latino neighborhood were shocked by the closing. The owners are retiring and this super- market will sdon become a Whole Foods Market. Many in the neighborhood fear the further gentrification of the neighborhood which Whole Foods seems to rep- resent to them. City Coun- cilor Felix G. Arroyo added, "Low income families don't shop at Whole Foods." Whole Foods has stated they will hold a community meeting after they are given the keys to the supermar- ket some time next month. The chain has stated the 45 Hi-Lo employees out of a job will be given first crack for the 100 positions when Whole Foods opens its doors to the neighborhood. GREAT CHOCOLATE COOKOFF The second annual great chocolate cook-off will be held at the Dorchester Historical Society headquar- ters at 195 Boston Street. It will be held on Stmday, February 20 from 11 am until 2 pm. For more infor- mation, call Earl Taylor at 617-293-3052 or email ermmwwt@aol.com. PAID PARENT LEAVE BILL FILED UP ON BEACON HILL Senator Sonia Chang- Diaz (D-Boston) has filed a bill that would allow parents to take paid time off to handle their child's aca- demic needs such as at- tending parent-teacher nights. Aren't these events held at night after school? As for parents being called to school during the day for problem issues, why is that the employer's problem? If parents need to go to the school for their child in class, use a sick day. Have parents forgotten how to be parents? ONE NIGHT AND ONE STAGE The New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys will be coming to Fenway Park on Saturday, June 11. This is being billed as a once in a "lifetime event. If you're a fan of either or both groups, visit KNOTBSB.com. TOWNIES GET NEW DINER Charlestown used to have a great diner over in Thomp- son Square in the bank building until a few years back. Lorraine's was "THE" place to go to for a great breakfast or lunch. People still miss Lorraine who was a great chef and her entire crew. Now there's good news, the Grasshopper Caf has opened up at 229-231 Bunker Hill Street. The own- ers are Lynne and Kevin Smith. If you're, in a hungry mood, check out their Early Bird Specials cooked up by Chef Chris Galbraith. KUDOS TO HOLLY AT THE HERALD Recently, columnist Holly Robichaud did a great Herald piece and talked about a recent bill filed up on Bea- con Hill by Representative Anne Reinstein, (D-Revere) to create an annual month observation for greyhound adoptions. As Holly opined, "Shouldn't our elected offi- cials be more concerned about the former race track employees (Wonderland Dog Track) than symbolic ges- tures for the dogs?" A GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD IDEA Over in Charlestown, a group of "Townies" got together and formed the Charlestown Community Response Team. Pat Simpson, who helped form this neighborhood effort with the City of Boston, said, "Whatever the weather was going to be, I was going to do it. It was good exercise. We had a lot of laughs." What 14 volunteers did un- der sunny skies and warm temps was to spend over six hours clearing nearly 50 hydrants from Main Street to Bunker Hill Street on Super Bowl Sunday before the big game. As Simpson added, "I just think it's really importan for a community to get ready for action and to have com- munity people working together." Let's hope this community effort is multi- plied across the city's neigh- borhoods. It is a good idea that can work anywhere when residents value their neighborhoods as more than just some place to exist in. When they call the roll in Charlestown, folks often say "present and accounted for." WALMART IS SEEKING BOSTON LOCATION Walmart has reportedly shared a proposal with sev- eral Boston city councilors about opening up a new store inside the City of Bos- ton. But it will have to get past Mayor Tom Menino be- fore it can build an urban store here in Boston itself. The company has pitched their idea with several of the councilors but as City Council President Steve Murphy has stated, "I was very candid with them. The big obstacle is the mayor; if he doesn't want them, they're not coming here." The mayor has previously gone on record opposing a Boston location for a Walmart store. I hope there is a way for City Hall and Walmart to work out a mutual agree- ment that satisfies all the concerns of both sides. A Walmart in the right loca- tion would help Boston's economy and benefit city residents as well. Wouldn't a Walmart at the site of the current "Hole in the Ground" where the old Filene's building stood be ideal? Right now Boston residents are traveling outside the city to find bar- gains. Why not bring the bargains into Downtown Boston? LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MI11P0313EA In the Estate of CYNTHIA L COUTOUMAS a/Ida CYNTHIA COUTOUMAS Late of WALTHAM, MA 02452 Date of Death November 12, 2010 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been pre- sented requesting that PAUL F COUTOUMAS of Hanover, MA or some other suitable person be appointed administrator of said estate to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRII-rEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON MARCH 7, 2011. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 7, 2011 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 2/18/11 LEGAL NOTICE Commonwealth of Massachusetts The Trial Court Middlesex Probate and Family Court 208 Cambridge Street Cambridge, MA 02141 Docket No. MlllP0413EA In the Estate of AJIT K CHORDIA Late of WOBURN, MA 01801 Date of Death April 25, 2005 NOTICE OF PETITION FOR APPOINTMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR To all persons interested in the above captioned estate, a petition has been presented requesting that VANDANA PARLEGHA of Haltom City, TX or some other suitable person be appointed administrator of said estate to serve Without Surety. IF YOU DESIRE TO OBJECT THERETO, YOU OR YOUR ATTORNEY MUST FILE A WRITTEN APPEARANCE IN SAID COURT AT CAMBRIDGE ON OR BEFORE TEN O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING (10:00 AM) ON MARCH 7, 2011. WITNESS, HON. PETER C. DiGANGI, First Justice of this Court. Date: February 7, 2011 Tara E. DeCristofaro, Register of Probate Run date: 2/18/11