|In a message dated 05/28/2002 9:11:15 PM Pacific Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:|
So - Questions:-
Ron has posed some excellent questions. For my part, I doubt the answers are known. No doubt many if not all these questions will require specific experiments to find the answers. Horticulture is not my field, so I would not know how to set up such experiments, but it seems to me tissue culture can play an important part, by producing numerous specimens of a single species or cultivar, which could then be tested with different variables. Also, Ron is absolutely correct that ecological observations in the wild are critical: light levels, soils, degree of wetness, etc. Is it not true that the majority of tropical flora (Aroid or otherwise) known to science, are known only by a name and the most general natural history information? A few select taxa have been studied for pollination biology and other details, and of course the most economically important ones are known in detail, but the majority are but names and brief notes, are they not?&n!
bsp; But conducting such research requires money, and research grants are in limited supply. So...who has ideas?