Re: Iris Breeding -- terminology
Graham Spencer wrote:
: I do believe that Sharon made up some of the words in her postings on this
Probably. But not the ones you might think! I'm often guilty of coining a
simple term instead of using the tongue-twisting and finger-fatiguing, but
precise, tecnical one.
: Where do you learn all this?! Where do you find the time??
Some 40 years of reading everything I can get my hands on about iris. Long
hours spent in the library when I was in college -- too far to walk home between
classes. Same story during graduate school -- but this time at a university
with a much more extensive library section devoted to agricultural subjects.
And the NMSU library has continued to provide entertainment....
For anyone interested in such browsing, I suggest agricultural journals as well
as horticultural ones. And looking for topics like genetic statistics and
population genetics -- not just iris.
Many years ago, I remember running across a fascinating book entitled
"Introgressive Hybridization" that analyzed the occurence of natural hybrids
between iris species, but I don't recall the name of the author. Perhaps
someone else on the list will.
FInding the time? Just bits & pieces. But it eventually adds up.