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MUKA YOUTH PRINTS
Forty original lithographs by
20 prominent artists from New
Zealand, Europe and Asia
For young people aged 5 to 18 years
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Competition for light
makes plants see red
What's your wavelength?: Researchers at the US Agricultural
Research Service in South Carolina discovered that red plastic mulch
laid under plants, including strawberries, can produce higher yields.
Have you ever
A room painted with red
walls can make you feel
energised, while a room
with blue walls can
promote calmness and
The same could be said for
plants and animals in the
Researchers at the US
Service in South Carolina
discovered that red plastic
mulch (plastic sheeting)
can energise your
Also known as selective
reflective mulch, it can
produce up to 20 per cent
higher yields than tomato
plants without it.
I remember the idea of red
plastic mulch being
bandied about six or seven
years ago when I was
editing Weekend Gardener
Plastic mulch wasn't
readily available, but you
can now get it online. So
how does that work?
regulate growth and
differently to different
colours (wavelengths in the
particularly in the red or
far-red range. Light
reflected from the red
mulch has a lower red to
far-red ratio than normal sunlight.
When the far-red light wavelengths reflect
off the red plastic mulch onto the tomato
plants, the phytochromes tell the plant to
grow faster and produce more.
Far-red wavelengths are not
photosynthetically active. In other words,
they don't fuel plant growth. Instead, they
enable plants to react to the environment.
Green leaves reflect far-red light, so if there
are a score of other plants nearby, a tomato
plant will sense a high ratio of far-red to red
Sensing competition for sunlight prompts it
to put on a growth spurt so that it can
compete for light.
By laying down red mulch, researchers
found they could trick the tomato plants into
believing there was competition close by.
The same researchers trialled red plastic
mulch beneath strawberry plants and found
the plants to produce a higher yield, larger
berries and a higher sugar content.
They also reported that a blue plastic mulch
under turnips produced a stronger flavour
and a green mulch produced a mild, almost
Research at the University of Florida found
that red, green or blue plastic mulch gave no
benefit to crops in that state, concluding that
coloured mulches worked better in cooler
parts of the country.
Screenings are a blessing
Nuns are the focus of two
special screenings at the
SBS St James Theatre this
At 1.30pm, there will be a
one-off screening of The
Sound of Music, the classic
starring Julie Andrews as
wayward nun Maria.
At 6pm the directors of Kiwi
documentary How Far is
Heaven, about Sisters of
Compassion nuns living at
Jerusalem on the Whan-
ganui River, will be present
to talk about their film.
SBS St James Theatre
manager Emma Carle said
initially it seemed a shame
to have two events like this
on the one day.
''But in a way it's perfect.
The films are completely
different, but ironically
nuns are the main charac-
ters in both,'' she said.
The rights to the 1965 film
version of The Sound of
Music run out this year,
hence the special screening.
It will be screened at 1.30pm
on November 4 simul-
taneously in cinemas
throughout New Zealand.
The film has been re-
mastered and will be pres-
ented in full stereoscopic
sound, and it's the uncut
version, not the one people
might have seen on the
television, Ms Carle said.
There will even be an
intermission, ''just like the
The How Far is Heaven
screening on the other hand
is an opportunity for a
deeper insight into the film.
The directors, Miriam
Smith and Christopher
Pryor, spent a year living in
Jerusalem, getting involved
with the community and
earning their trust.
Their film featured in this
year's New Zealand Inter-
national Film Festival.
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