Long long ago, in a land far away… Jonathan Swift’s title character Lemuel Gulliver traveled to Brobdingnag. Gulliver relates a concept shared by the King:
And, he gave it for his Opinion, that whoever could make two Ears of Corn, or two blades of Grass to grow upon a Spot of Ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of Mankind, and do more essential Service to his Country than the whole Race of Politicians put together.
This particular quote from Gulliver’s Travels was displayed on the office wall of my first advisor at university, a soil scientist. It has stayed with me through all the intervening years.
Botanically, a pulse is a legume (such as a dry bean, a lentil, a lupine, or a field pea). Gregor Mendel of genetics fame used peas for his research. Mendel’s Pulse then may be another suitable name for this blog. But over the long arc of my career the humble soybean has been my muse. Technically, the FAO would brand the soybean as an oilseed. Peanut and sunflower seem more appropriate representatives of oil seeds to me. So I’ve taken it upon myself to rebrand soy as a pulse – at least for our considerations within this space.
Insofar as Charles Darwin has had an enormous influence on science by offering us his thoughts on evolution I’ve chosen WordPress’ Origin theme as a nod to his most famous tome.