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To UW-Madison professor, there's nothing ordinary about vanilla

To UW-Madison professor, there's nothing ordinary about vanilla | OrchidNerd.com | Scoop.it

A UW-Madison expert on vanilla orchids crosses the world to ensure that the spice it produces remains a valuable agricultural product.

Madison— To Ken Cameron, vanilla is a lot sexier than its name implies.

The world's leading expert on the biology of vanilla orchids sees the popular spice, not as plain or ordinary, but as a beautifully complex and valuable commodity produced from the world's largest family of plants.

While bottles of vanilla extract fly off store shelves at this time of year as holiday bakers mix it into cakes, pies and cookies, vanilla is much more than a pastry chef's favorite spice.

Deodorants, household cleaners, popular brands of vodka, pill coatings, the finest perfumes, even Coke and Pepsi count vanilla as an ingredient. And, of course, it's the No. 1 selling ice cream.

"I often tell people, 'I'll challenge you that within 10 minutes of waking, you will encounter vanilla,'" Cameron said in his book- and plant-filled office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he's a botany professor and director of the Wisconsin State Herbarium."


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A feature on my colleague Ken Cameron's research on vanilla orchids.

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Study shows orchid mantis more attractive to their prey than real orchids

Study shows orchid mantis more attractive to their prey than real orchids | OrchidNerd.com | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —The orchid mantis is famous for its remarkable similarity to the orchid flower, but researchers from Macquarie University have now discovered that its' unique form of deception not only attracts its prey by resembling a blossom, but is...

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Philadelphia Flower Show a family affair

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Siblings grow prize-winning orchids.

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Rare orchids blossom - Premier of Victoria

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has announced the exciting finding of Victoria's rarest native orchids this spring. The rare orchids were found during a six day threatened orchid survey in parts of the ...
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The orchid: a flower that oozes sex - Independent Online

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The orchid: a flower that oozes sex
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“They have that exotic, strange allure,” says Johan Hermans, chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society orchid committee.
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Jharkhand targets global market with orchid - Times of India

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Jharkhand targets global market with orchid
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"The state has large possibilities in orchid production as the climate and the topography are suitable for cultivation.
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