Re: Caladiums w/ virus?
From: Paul Tyerman <email@example.com>
To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, July 13, 2000 11:04 PM
Subject: Re: Caladiums w/ virus?
I too have read that tissue culture can eliminate the virus from a plant, it
can not or does not transmit itself through this method, which is a great
I believe it was in some publication on Taro cultivation, as this virus is a
pest in Taro (Colocasia).
I remember reading somewhere that virus cannot penetrate within the first
12 (or some such) layers of cells around the meristematic growth point,
therefore if tissue sulture is achieved on the meristematic growth it
should be virus free.....
Can't remember where I read it.
>See my other postings from this AM with my opinions on this virus thing.
>One other point---since most or all of the commercial Caladium vars. in
>cultivation are produced from tubers that were created YEARS ago by
>different species and varieties, if we were to produce seed from these
>present day ones the chances of obtaining anything worthwhile are slim to
>none, most of them just have too many parents!!
>I thought that a strain of Aroid could be 'cleansed' of this virus by
>'doing' it in tissue culture, which eliminated the virus? Read it