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Re: Albino Anchomanes

  • Subject: Re: Albino Anchomanes
  • From: Lewandjim@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 14:11:43 -0500 (CDT)

In a message dated 4/24/2002 12:08:55 PM Eastern Daylight Time, ju-bo@msn.com writes:

Maybe something triggers the 'death' of all the chlorophyll for
whatever reason.

Julius et al.,

This gets really complicated because AT LEAST two different phenomena can be involved:
1. in some plants (e.g., corn) there appears to be a true genetic mechanism of the corn's sexual reproduction involved in chlorophyll-less plants; the question however is which genome does the "albino" factor affect - corn or the plastid itself!
2. plastids are actually symbiotic cell invaders from back in the early history of multi-cellular plants; they have their own reproductive pathways but usually are passed on by asexual transferance of the protoplasm of the host pod-parent to its ovules. It's conceivable that some small ovules did not receive plastids from the "mother tissue" and hence are albinistic.

       Jim Langhammer

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