In a paper published, scientists named a flowering Australian plant for the fictional botanist Damon portrayed
This 2015 photo provided by Bucknell University shows student Emma Frawley with solanum watneyi plants in the Rooke Science Center Greenhouse of the school in Lewisburg, Pa. In a paper published Thursday, Feb. 24, 2016 in the journal PhytoKeys, scientists named the flowering Australian plant for Mark Watney, the fictional botanist played by Matt Damon in the movie "The Martian." (Brett Simpson/Bucknell University via AP),
26 of February 2016 09:17:08
NEW YORK — Matt Damon may not win the Oscar for best actor on Sunday, but the character he played in "The Martian" has gotten its own recognition.In a paper published Thursday in the journal PhytoKeys, scientists named a flowering Australian plant for Mark Watney, the fictional botanist Damon portrayed.The plant is dubbed solanum watneyi (soh-LAY'-num WAHT-nee-eye). It's related to the potato, which Watney grew on Mars as he puzzled out how to survive being stranded.The journal article demonstrates that the plant represents a distinct species. One author, Chris Martine of Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, said the name reflects the film's demonstration that "through the scientific process there are ... lots of things we can still learn."Besides, he said, botanists don't have many "blockbuster Hollywood space heroes."