“Tumors are growths of plants, animals, or men in which the normal processes of
control are, for some reason, ineffective, so that continued cell division results in
massive disorganized development. When they are localized and not seriously
inimical to the general functioning of the supporting body, they are called “benign.”
When their location or manner of development is such as to kill the supporting
individual, they are called “malignant” and in man become “cancers.”
Tumors may arise from many causes, including parasites and infections of many
kinds. The term “cancer,” however, is generally limited to malignant tumors
which arise from no clearly recognizable cause and in which some one or more cells
of the host body have undergone a permanent change which renders them unaffected
by normal growth restraints so that the altered cell itself becomes a parasite
or an infectious agent.
Tumors exist in all classes of multicellular, organized living beings. In plants,
essentially malignant tumors are known to be caused by hereditary factors, by certain
bacteria, and by viruses.1 Today’s discussion centers around one group of
such tumors of plants, the bacterial “crown gall.” My own contribution deals
with a massive tumor which is not known to be a “crown gall” and, in fact, appears
not to be such, yet possesses features which seem to justify careful study (Fig. 1).
“Burls” are well-known massive intumescences which occur occasionally on all
sorts of trees.”
A TREE TUMOR OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN, PHILIP R. WHITE, ROSCOE B. JACKSON MEMORIAL LABORATORY, BAR HARBOR, MAINE
A walk in the woods with the grandchildren yesterday revealed a tree I had not noticed before.
I saw it first, and brought their attention to it. We all came close to observe. I photographed it especially to see the interesting carved-like markings.
Does Spirit have a message for me?
stay tuned ……..