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Re: Question (Test)

  • Subject: Re: Question (Test)
  • From: Jaspersail@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2002 20:33:50 EST

This is a test to see if this message is wrapping at the right margin...


Bill, I would be surprised if there was that much communication between plant 
and scape. Over the past month I've been experimenting with numerous cut 
scapes in sugar water and have been amazed at how 'normally' both buds and 
pods develop without any connection to the plant. Bud 'sets' open in 
synchronicity at night, pods form, seeds develop... 

It's almost as if the scape is just a straw through which buds/pods derive 
sugars and water. When a bud or pod stops 'sucking through the straw' (for 
whatever reason), it withers. Often the scape also withers from the top down 
to the uppermost pod still actively drawing nourishment through the scape. I 
wonder if KR simply has faulty genes for developing seed pods and the scape 
withers because no nutrients are being drawn up through the scape... and 
gravity causes the top portion to dry out first. Speculation sure is fun, 
ain't it? ; ) 

Have you ever tried a cut KR scape with pods in sugar water? If pods 
developed normally, it might suggest that the plant is aborting the entire 
scape for some reason. 

--John Christensen 
Ann Arbor, MI, Zone 5 

Bill wrote: <<The problem with KR doesn't lie in failure to set pods, I've 
done this repeatedly with hand-pollenation. What happens is that the scape 
dies back before the pods mature. I think in normal plants the pods that are 
developing viable seed let out some kind of hormonal signal that "tells" the 
plant not to abort the scape. In KR, this seems to be missing, so that even 
though viable seed is developing in more than one pod, the scape just starts 
turning brown from the top down soon after it ceases flowering.>> 

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