Re: Subject ... debates, politics and Hostas
Here is just one of several good links on this subject. http://gened.emc.maricopa.edu/Bio/BIO181/BIOBK/BioBookmeiosis.html
As I understand it, Coffee is an example of a plant that offers
a wide array of polyploidy. I don't know the numbers off hand, but
possibly Paul does. Something like 11, 22, 33, 44, and more.
(And I am only beginning to learn about this aspect of a plant, so
I don't even have all of the terminology down yet). There is
some exciting research going on in this area, however, and attempting to
manipulate the ploidy values in cell tissue can yield some valuable changes
in the plants characteristics. The naturally occuring tetraploid
specias H. ventricosa, is a wonderful species plant and alot of its strengths
are due to it chromosomal count.
Here is a link to an article that explains some of the terminology used
by Ben Zonneveld in his recent article in the AHS Journal about Flow
Cytometry analysis of the DNS content of 84 Hosta cultivars.
This particular article is right on the money if you are looking to gain
more knowledge on the subject, quickly.
For others that know more about such things, Jim Hawes, Rick Grazzini,
Tony Avent, C. H. Falstad, et. al. please continue to enlighten the audience.
Compared to a discussion about ploidy in plants, politics is rather boring....
Viva la Hosta!
In a message dated 11/12/00 5:38:31 AM Eastern Standard
Also odd pairings do not replicate or express then selves very
well so that
sets made of 3 or 5 become confusing.
OK, Paul so here goes, I stuck my foot in my mouth and chewed on it
what could it hurt to show further ignorance. My question is
are there other
plants that have sets of chromosomes in the category that Andrew asks
and do they reproduce freely?
>From your answer I figure that you probably will be able to answer
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