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Quadrotriticale

Tribbles feasting on quadrotriticale

Quadrotriticale (pronounced "quádro-trítĭ-kay-lee") was a high-yield, perennial grain. Specifically, it was a genetically engineered hybrid of wheat and rye with four distinct lobes per kernel, hence the "quadro-" prefix of its name, and was bluish in color. As of 2269 it was the only Earth grain able to grow on Sherman's Planet.

History Edit

The root grain, triticale, could trace its ancestry back to 20th century Canada. However, Pavel Chekov claimed, as he was wont to do, that "it [was] a Russian invention."

In 2268, Nilz Baris, then Federation agricultural undersecretary for the Gamma Quadrant of the UFP's Southern Hemisphere, transported several tons of quadrotriticale to Deep Space K-7, the "Infinity Station," intending to send it to Sherman's Planet for the purpose of developing it as an agrarian colony. He ordered Captain James T. Kirk, then Commanding officer of the USS Enterprise, to protect the grain.

The grain was later discovered to be poisoned by the Klingons, through the assistance of their Intelligence operative, Arne Darvin, who had obtained a post as Baris's assistant specifically to carry out his mission, that of preventing the UFP from successfully developing Sherman's Planet, as the Organian Peace Treaty permitted. The poison consisted of a virus with which Darvin had impregnated the grain, which became an inert material in an organism's bloodstream when eaten; the amount of inert material was directly proportional to the amount of food, thus infected or not, that the organism ate, and within 48 to 72 hours, it prevented the organism from taking in enough nourishment to survive, essentially starving the organism to death. The discovery was made when untended tribbles got into the grain silos and ate the poisoned grain, and soon after died. (TOS: "The Trouble with Tribbles")

This grain was superseded by quintotriticale by 2269. (TAS: "More Tribbles, More Troubles")

In late-2373, Quark's quadrotriticale futures contract was completely wiped out, which among other things, worsened the fact that he was "up to his lobes in debt." (DS9: "Business as Usual")

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Background information Edit

Quadrotriticale was not referred to in dialog in "Trials and Tribble-ations," but was mentioned in the script's stage directions.

In 2014, the Stone Brewing Company released a beer called Quadrotriticale, so named because it is a Belgian quadrupel ale made with triticale.

In the comic "Space Seeds", a crop is ruined by chroniton particles on a farming colony in the Maltese asteroid belt.

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