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Re: hosta-open DIGEST V1 #362


>I have had several hostas sent to me for TC that contained
>(contaminated with) a bacterium of some sort.

Are you talking about bacteria (or other cantaminates) that are on the 
outside of the plant, but hidden deep within the plant so they can't 
be effectively sterilized or are you talking about bacteria (or other 
cantaiminates) that may actually be inside the plant cells.  There are 
a number of interesting organisms that have been found inside plant 
cells that botanist don't know how to classify.

If you are doing meristem culturing and you keep the shoots growing 
rapidly and keep excising very short pieces of stem to start a new 
culture, I would think you should eventually be able to eliminate the 

Joe Halinar

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