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Re: Making bulbils?

I'll throw my two cents in..

I dont believe you can make a species which doesnt produce aerial bulbils to make them...reason being.. the specific cells needed to create "bulbil" formation would not be present.

("Bulbil" creating "cells" are specific to that function and not just a leaf cell gone haywire).

(Maybe it could be done by grafting cells but it sounds awfully complicated and not really worth it).

Maybe that was more than 2 cents.


On Tue, 4 Jun 2002 13:55:42 -0500 (CDT) "Randall M. Story" <story@caltech.edu> wrote:


Just curious whether it is possible to induce (using mechanical or chemical
means such as incisions and/or hormones) bulbil formation in species that
don't normally make them .  I'm wondering in particular whether the sorts of
bulbils grown on the leaf axils of certain Amorphophallus species can be
artificially coaxed out of other members of the genus.

A related question:  Is it possible to increase bulbil formation in species
that normally reproduce this way?



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