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Re: HYB: Dry Pollen

  • Subject: Re: HYB: Dry Pollen
  • From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999 09:56:53 -0400

From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>

>It might be worth a try to enclose a slice of apple and the dried anthers
>(not touching) in a plastic bag overnight. The extra moisture couldn't
>hurt but would anyone venture a guess whether the gasses in the apple
>might have any unforseen effects on the pollen?

Apples and most other ripe fruits produce ethylene, which plants use as a
ripening and senesence hormone.  I do not know of any effects on pollen.
Ethylene is said to induce blooming in bromeliads--an old tale is that if
you have a bromeliad that is reluctant to bloom, enclose it in a bag with a
few apples for a couple of days.  I don't know if this works.

But why use apples?  Why not just a damp paper towel and avoid any possible

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

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