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Re: Discussion on Origin of Sports


Dan:

>Do sports seem to show up in TC liners often because of the small 
>pieces of plant tissue used  in TC and therefore any mutated tissues 
>have a better chance of not being suppressed by the dominant tissue?

You don't need to put hostas into TC to get sports.  All you have to 
do is aggressively propagate hostas to keep the adventitious buds 
developing.  Basically what the TC people are doing is just forcing a 
lot of axillary buds and the BAP also forces some of the adventitious 
buds.  You can get pretty close to what they are going without going 
through all the trouble of sterile culture, although you can't quite 
match them because their plants don't go dormant.

Joe Halinar

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