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Thursday, May 1, 2014

If it is on the internet, it must be true!

New from Iran:

Quite often I share information from around the world about Sea Buckthorn.  It isn't as easy as you might think.  Sometimes the information is not correct and I always try to verify or read the cited literature in the article before passing it on.  Today is a great example.  
Iran's leading news agency - FARS News Agency,  published an article entitled:  "Production of Nanocapsule from Sea-Buckthorn Extract in Iran".  The text of the article explains how sea-buckthorn extract is used in the manufacture of an encapsulating nano-container to deliver drugs or other chemicals.  This really caught my attention.  Unfortunately the article they are citing doesn't mention sea-buckthorn but a relative in the sea-buckthorn family, Russian Olive.  Sea Buckthorn isn't Russian Olive of course. Both plants are in the Elaeagnus family which contains about 60 species.  The author of the study is Akbar Esmaelili and his phone number is +98 912 148 4812 if you want to give him a call and let him know his research is being mischaracterized, that would be great.  These type of errors tend to multiply and gain credibility in a very short time.  Searching the title on Google returns many locations where this article is now available.  One in particular the "Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council"  has the same summary text as FARS and has a photo of Mangosteen fruit not Sea Buckthorn.

In 2012-13 I tried very hard to get the Botanical Environmental Network in Canada to amend its article citing Sea Buckthorn as a "top" invasive species.  The error was similar case of mistaken identity.  Common Buckthorn is no relation at all to Sea Buckthorn yet the mistake was made and they would not make the correction.  I contacted the scientist who was cited in their article and he would not confirm BEN's conclusion.  He did however decline to make an effort to correct them.  BEN is an important and well respected organization.  Scientists rely on public money to do their research.  So who bites the hand that feeds them?  
In this post, I am not picking on any country or organization.  I encourage you to cross reference things when those things may be important to you.  If you have a question about Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamoides) please ask in the comment section.  If I don't already know the answer, I will find out the right one and pass it along.  Thanks for reading.  

Foxgreen Farm/jiovi has sold over 900 seaberry plants this year!  That is a success for us and a really good indication seaberries are on the way to being better known and appreciated by more people across the United States. We are working on being a supplier of over 15 varieties to commercial farmers and home gardener. Wish us luck.  The better health and lower pollution  as a result of local production of nutrition is a trend we are happy to be participating in.   

If you have been following along recently you will be interested in an update about Craig.  He is doing well and working very hard in Afghanistan.  As I write this, he doesn't know exactly when he will be returning home.  His family, friends and myself have given him an ocean of prayers and well wishes.  Craig, you are the dream of our dreams and the hope of our hopes.  Stay safe, my friend.

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