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Re: Re: When will they grow old...

  • To: Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
  • Subject: Re: Re: When will they grow old...
  • From: "Bonaventure W Magrys" <magrysbo@shu.edu>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2000 20:52:53 -0500 (CDT)

Do plant telomeres behave like animal ones, growing shorter with age? I always
assumed that, except for structural problems as in old trees or programmed
death
as in annuals, plants can go on growing forever. But then Aroids always
seemed a
little animal-like to me.
Bonaventure Magrys
BS Molecular Biology '86

Durightmm@aol.com on 05/31/2000 10:54:45 PM
Please respond to aroid-l@mobot.org



To:  Multiple recipients of list AROID-L <aroid-l@mobot.org>
cc:  (bcc: Bonaventure W Magrys/ADM/SHU)

Subject:  IN TRASH - Re: When will they grow old...




Unless the plant has been grown from seed it's age will be uncertain.  The
longevity of the parent, assuming normal genetic makeup, will have little
bearing on the offspring.  If you are alluding to juvinile vigor then you are
right that older plants  lack branching characteristics often found in young
plants. The fate of the offspring is independent of it's  parent.  Untill
telemere measurements are made the assumption is that the cormlets will
function as seedlings.
                        John Banta







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