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Paul, Andrew and "all" interested
Hosta has 5 large and 25 small chromosomes in a set , just like 
Agave! Of course it is possible to look at the chromosomes and 
count them, after coloring with Feulgen reagens. I have done that in 
houseleeks BUT it is very laborious. Only cells that happen to be in 
mitose can be counted that means a lot of searching through cut or 
crushed tissue. Alternatively you can take young flowerbuds If they 
are at the right stage you could find pollen still in meiose. In both 
cases you need a fair  amount of luck a good microscope and 
experience. Even then, it could easily take a day or more to do a 
single one. 
Ben J.M.Zonneveld
Clusius lab pobox 9505
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands
Fax: 31-71-5274999
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