The origin of the lemon is a mystery, though it is thought that lemons first grew in Southern India, northern Burma, and China. A study of the genetic origin of the lemon reported that it is a hybrid between sour orange and citron.
Lemons entered Europe near southern Italy no later than the 1st century AD, during the time of Ancient Rome. However, they were not widely cultivated. They were later introduced to Persia and then to Iraq and Egypt around 700 AD.
The first substantial cultivation of lemons in Europe began in Genoa in the middle of the 15th century. The lemon was later introduced to the Americas in 1493 when Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to Hispaniola on his voyages. Spanish conquest throughout the New World helped...
Born and raised in Russia, I got my Ph.D. degree in biology at St. Petersburg State University (Russia) and continued my research work at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1999, I moved to the United States to pursue my neuroscience research at the UT Southwestern Medical Center located in Dallas, TX.
Being a scientist is rewarding in so many ways, including creativity but I still feel a compelling need to further express myself by taking an artistic journey.
Several years ago, I started to study photography. The powerful potential digital photography offers has encouraged me to explore different styles and mediums.
My artistic experimentation has evolved into a tremendously exciting form – digital art, mixed media collage and...
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