June 30, 2012 |
HANFORD, Calif. - Combining the high sugar and flavor of cherries with the larger fruit size and extended season of plums has been a longstanding dream for fruit breeders, but such crosses are difficult to make successfully so that the hybrids yield abundant high-quality fruit. Zaiger's Genetics of Modesto, the inventors of Pluots and Apriums, managed the trick, and the fruit started showing up several years ago in very small quantities at upstate farmers markets; this year vendors at local farmers markets have begun offering plum-cherry hybrids, and the first commercial orchard has started bearing fruit.
July 22, 2010 |
It used to be that a peach was a peach and a plum was a plum, and that was it. Now, however, breeders are coming up with complex hybrids between species, such as fruits that are a combination of peaches, apricots and plums, and cherries or nectarines and plums. Making these kinds of interspecific crosses opens up a promising range of possibilities for growers and consumers, but what to call the resulting fruits? No one really knows. We're in the initial stages of a paradigm shift in which names of fruit types are becoming unmoored from their genetics and are being chosen primarily for marketing and convenience.
February 13, 2007
Re "40 mpg? Congress just might go for it," Feb. 12 As usual, Congress is really getting tough on Detroit -- going to force automakers to meet 40 mpg standards within 10 years! The cars are already on the road. Ever hear of hybrids and diesels? Simply mandate that all new 2008 cars and trucks must be 40 mpg hybrids or diesels. The car companies will whine and snivel that it can't be done, but it can. Some of the cars are already manufactured in hybrid or standard model versions.
July 13, 2008 |
Travelers, you've made your voices heard. Whether you want to lessen your pain at the pump or reduce your carbon footprint (or both), you can find more hybrid and biofuel-powered rental cars these days. Just remember, though, that you may be going green, but you won't necessarily be saving green. If you're in L.A., San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta or Miami, you'll have a good shot at finding a hybrid. Here's who's doing what: * Enterprise, National and Alamo rent Ford, Toyota and Saturn hybrids, and they offer carbon offsets through TerraPass, a company that strives to reduce the negative effects on the climate of driving a car. Renters contribute $1.25 per rental, and TerraPass uses funds for an emissions-offset project.
February 8, 2013 |
You might think that a $1 increase in gasoline prices would result in a big boost for the sale of hybrids and electric vehicles. Not so, according to a new report by Experian Automotive. The Schaumberg, Ill., group says sales of small gas-powered cars would climb quickest, while sales of some hybrids would actually fall during such an increase. Experian said the results were gleaned in part from a study on the effect of rising fuel prices on various vehicle segments over a five-year period.
February 13, 2013 |
Supporters of green-car technology like hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric cars say they were happy to hear that automakers like Ford and Honda are expanding the number of dealerships who can sell those cars. Honda's 2013 Honda Fit EV, launched in California and Oregon in July, will be added to dealerships in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. Ford Motor Co. is accelerating dealership certification for its plug-in electrified vehicles from 200 to 900 dealers.