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Re: HYB: Freezing Iris Seeds

  • Subject: Re: HYB: Freezing Iris Seeds
  • From: lmmunro@hotmail.com
  • Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2001 03:11:26 -0000

Talking about freezing stuff, how about if you wanted to cross an 
early bloomer with a late one? Wonder if one could freeze pollen? 
Take it from the early one, save it and pollinate the late one.
Has anyone ever tried?

--- In iris-talk@y..., Paul Tyerman <ptyerman@o...> wrote:
> <<
> guess is that it would not.  Your example of human "seed" being 
frozen and 
> remaining viable when thawed is excellent.  Interesting thinking.  
> >>
> Bear in mind that the freezing we're talking about of human "seed" 
is not
> done in your average freezer (which your seed would usually be done 
> Cryogenic freezing (which is more what we're talking about) 
involves snap
> freezing something to a level where all activity ceases.  Shoving 
> in your freezer takes time to freeze, thereby causing damage that 
would not
> necessarily be done by snap freezing.
> I have NO idea on the effects of freezing on iris seed (I only 
found out
> recently on this list that you CAN successfully freeze the seed) 
but I
> think comparing it to human embryo freezing etc is not quite the 
> thing.  Just wanted to point that out.
> Cheers.
> Paul Tyerman
> Canberra, Australia.  USDA equivalent - Zone 8/9
> mailto:ptyerman@o...
> Growing.... Galanthus, Erythroniums, Fritillarias, Crocus, 
> Liliums, Hellebores, Aroids, Irises plus just about anything else 
> doesn't move!!!!!

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