Sunday, May 3, 2009

Nutrition Group - concept + research

General Concept
Basing with the group overall “plant” concept, our concept for the nutrition area will be involving the use of flowers and nectar. Future human will be living in a “giant plant”, where they will get feed and protected in that environment. The idea is that the architecture will generate energy in the way similar to photosynthesis. Through the reaction, food are generated in the interior of the architecture. The way which the food is produced is of similar concept to a flower blossom. The inside of the “giant plant” (some part of walls, ceiling) will have flowers blooming time after time, containing in these flowers are nectar that are highly concentrated in nutrition that human body needed. By taking in these liquid, human will be able to sustain life.

Nutrition research
Nutrition that human need for everyday-
1> Carbohydrates
2> Fat
3> Protein
4> mineral matter
5> vitamin
6> water

According to the research, the sweetness in the honeysuckle is called “Nectar”. Nectar is a liquid that excreted by honeysuckle to attract insects or birds for passing the pollen.
A nectar source is a flowering plant that produces nectar as part of its reproductive strategy. These plants create nectar, which attract pollinating insects and sometimes other animals such as birds.
Nectar source plants are important for beekeeping, as well as in agriculture and horticulture. Their use is particularly important for organic agriculture and organic horticulture, where they serve not only to attract pollinators for crops, but also provide habitat for beneficial insects and other animals that provide pest control.

Natural components of nectar
Although its main ingredient is natural sugar (i.e.,sucrose (table sugar), glucose, and fructose), nectar is a brew of many chemicals. For example, the nicotiana attenuata, a tobacco plant native to the US state of Utah, uses several volatile aromas to attract pollinating birds and moths. The strongest such aroma is benzyl acetone, but the plant also adds bitter nicotine, which is less aromatic and therefore may not be detected by the bird until after taking a drink. Researchers speculate the purpose of this addition is to drive the bird away after only a sip, motivating it to visit other plants to fill its hunger, and therefore maximizing the pollination efficiency gained by the plant for a minimum nectar output.


And nectar has a very beautiful name as it is a “drink of the gods”

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