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Robert

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I read that Afghanistan may be providing up to 90% of the illegal opium in the US. 

Might there be a way to craft a fungus, blight, gene, or bug with an unique taste for opium poppies?

What do you think?


 

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Are there any biological controls for opium poppies?
« Reply #1 on: 11/12/2009 06:58:48 »
In my experience opium poppies grow like weeds. Since I only grow a few as ornamental flowers rather than a huge field full I have fewer problems with pests.
The big problem with biological controls is that (ironically) you can't control them.
Why do you want to get rid of this perfectly fine plant?
 

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Are there any biological controls for opium poppies?
« Reply #2 on: 15/12/2009 01:27:15 »
Actually it is my understanding that Afghanistan provides 90% of the world's heroin but the US receives most of its supply from South America.

 

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