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Re: News article

The Clemson technology is novel in that it reduces labor and increases the
rate of adaptation from tissue culture.  It allows the  TC plants to be
acclimatized in full sun so they grow much faster.  It is, however, tissue
culture.  It is also similar to hydroponics, as it uses a recycled growth
solution, but it is sterile, and therefore tissue culture.  Most of the
technology is patented.  The trade off here (there always is one), is cost.
The equipment required to do the process is expensive and requires a large
initial investment of capital.  I think that the impact, if there is one,
will be on the mass market, not on the hobby market that most of the
participants of these robins are interested in.  I will be curious if they
can compete with inexpensive TC from abroad where the labor is inexpensive
and the savings they can get may not be significant.  Currently we can
produce and sell plants from TC (grown overseas) at a price lower than Chas
Fox (Genesis Incorporated) does using this technology.

Jim Anderson

----- Original Message -----
From: <halinar@open.org>
To: <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 26, 1999 1:08 PM
Subject: News article

> I thought some of you might be interested in this news release that I
> received in a Greenhouse and Management Publications email news
> announcement.  Not sure if this will have any real inpact, but sounds
> interesting.
> Joe Halinar
> _____________
> * Hostas will be the first ornamental crop to use a new production
> system, developed at Clemson Univ., which accelerates the growing
> process using finger-sized tissue culture transplants that are free of
> diseases and pests. The system, which has been commercialized by
> Southern Sun, will produce CUStarts transplants in the company's
> Acclimatron greenhouses in Hodges, S.C., using a natural-light,
> recirculating hydroponic system. The transplants are small enough to
> be shipped internationally and vigorous enough to be planted directly
> outdoors. Mail@SoSun.com; http://www.sosun.com
> _______________
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