Oman Plants

Oman Plants
Cheery blossoms from Al-Jabal Al-Akhdar in northern Oman

Aug 4, 2010

Featured ASHS Presentation: Yield and Postharvest Quality Attributes of Date Palm are Affected by Sub-Optimal Irrigation During Fruit Development

This presentation has actually been online for a while now and I knew about it before that but today i decided to embed it here so friends and enemies who drop here looking for evil ways to hijack me or just exploring what anti-whatever sentiments I have written, well, here is the feature talk!! I better stop now :)
I hope you enjoy it!

If you could not preview it, here is the link:

May 21, 2010

A Weed Is A Flower In The Wrong Place

Why nice flowering plants are called 'weeds'?

I get this question more often than you think. Naturalists think all plants deserve a life, agriculturists beg to differ! Any plant in the wrong place is a weed and thus should be terminated!
Today I came a cross a poem by 'Ian Emberson' that speaks of the same. Here it goes ...

Apr 14, 2010

I am off for a conference, fully paid by BSA! (or may be NOT)

I was super delighted to read this message today (Tuesday, April 13, 2010 2:33 AM):

Dear Rashid Al-Yahyai,
Together with my Conference Team I cordially invite you to the 4th BSA International Biological Science Research Conference, which will be held in London, United Kingdom, June 1st-4th, 2010. The conference is co-sponsored by the British Science Association (BSA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The Lloyds TSB Bank also provides collaborative support for the conference. The theme of this year's conference is "Advancements in Plant Science and Environmental Stress" and the conference will highlight the advancements and new developments in Plant Science
All renowned biological scientists will be at the conference and you are no exception. Participants should arrive Tuesday, June 1st, as we will hold an informal social hour that evening from 5:30-7:30pm. Sandwiches, some glasses of wine and champagne should give you enough energy to stroll on your own afterwards and catch the special atmosphere of London. The conference is scheduled for Wednesday, June 2nd, from 8:00am-5:30pm and Thursday, June 3rd, from 8:00am-5:30pm, and the Friday Workshop will be held from 8:00am- Noon. A social hour will follow each of the Wednesday and Thursday sessions.
We will be offering two $140,000USD Research grants to selected presentations/abstracts. You are therefore encouraged to submit your abstract for consideration and possible selection for the research grant. In addition, your abstract, if selected would be published at the next issue of the reputable Science Journal. Please ensure to send your abstract topic with respect to the conference theme within 3days for consideration.
This year's conference will be held at the Ritz Hotel, London at 150 Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom, W1J 9BR. Please note that accommodation and return flight tickets from your country of residence would be provided for selected abstracts.

We are looking forward to seeing you in London!
President, British Science Association
tel: +44 (0) 756416 8719
fax: +44 (0) 756417 7004 

Sounds great right!!

Sadly, I am not going to stay at The Ritz Hotel, nor I am getting those 140 grands!
This is obviously a "great spam worth sharing"!!
How did I know it was a spam:

  1. It is suspicious that out of the blue they name me (I can not even be called a biologist!) to be invited for this high-profile conference
  2. I have no interest in wine or champaign!
  3. Science Journal will not take my abstract and just publish it! (also wondering why not Nature, since the conference is in Britain :)
  4. BSA president is Lord May not David!. BTW: They do not use (as for the BSA abbreviation, they state "The name will always be used in its full form and will never be abbreviated to BSA")!
  5. What really drew my attention was the email, a hotmail, instead of his own email!

So there you go, lost my chance again!!! DARN you BSA!