Re: Varigated ZZ`s and more.
Of course, there are others, like FDA-approved antibiotics that are known to
cause things like read-through of premature stop codons that are actually
clinically useful that also cause plastid mutations so a careful literature
search might be good for those with a more scientific bent...and YES, these
antibiotics if used in too high a concentration cause total albinism in both
Arisaema and Amorphophallus seedlings....unpublished observations from my
own back-yard lab :o) I personally never cared enough to do the appropriate
concentration-response studies to see if I could select a variegated clone
(for me, this was a simple curiosity thing as we had the antibiotics in my
research laboratory anyway for totally different purposes) as I do not know
why in the world anyone would want one in the first place.....but that is
Gibsonia, PA where we finally had our first frost last night :o)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Marcotrigiano" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 8:41 AM
Subject: Re: [Aroid-l] Varigated ZZ`s and more.
>I have a young variegated ZZ bought on ebay. Just a warning. It came with
>two variegated young leaves. Since then the next three were green or
>yellow, not variegated. This plant may be so unstable I'd think twice
>before forking over big bucks for one.
> I use to work in a mutagenesis lab and there are nasty chemicals like
> nitrosomethylurea that cause plastid mutations at high frequency when seed
> is soaked in the solution. It is also in the top 5 known carcinogens so
> I'd suggest anyone thinking of getting rich on new variegated plants by
> using such chemicals, plan on having an oncologist nearby.
>>>> "Julius Boos" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 10/28/2007 1:04 PM >>>
> From : Ken Mosher <email@example.com>
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> Sent : Sunday, October 28, 2007 3:19 PM
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> Subject : Re: [Aroid-l] Forms of ZZ plant -thanks + a tissue culture
> Dear Ken,
> Thanks for the info:, from what I`ve heard, there is "something" going on
> with this "varigated" kick, all sorts of plants are popping up in a
> varigated form. A friend hinted to me that there is a process being used
> to induce this varigation in MANY plants, just recently I heard of a
> plants of varigated Philodendron goeldii for sale in Asia, and even in
> plant families way too many varigated cultivars are turning up for it just
> to be by chance.
> Does anyone have any info. on this??
> The Best,
>>>The very expensive Zamioculcas for sale at the IAS show was variegated.
> That's why it was $100. There were several rooted cuttings in each
> plastic sleeve and there were two available for sale.
> -Ken Mosher
> Julius Boos wrote:
>>Thanks for the kind words. Remember, I only suggested (in another
>> that the Zamioculcas now commonly available because of tissue
> culture may
>>be modified and so be larger and more attractive 'selections' than the
>>'mother' plant might be. As far as I know little data is availabe on
>>Like you, I like to have at last one wild-collected plant which the
>>cultured plants can be compared to!
>>There seem to be quite a few 'new' cultivars/selections which are said
>>have been individuals selected and propagated from batches produced
>>tissue culture. Several Alocasias, Philodendrons, Caladiums, etc.
> come to
>>Michael Mahan reports that he saw cuttings of Zamioculcus for sale at
>>IAS show for over $100.00, and others across the room, large potted
>>specimens, for $30.00. I think that we can say that the cheaper ones
>>the tissue-cultured specimens, I only wish I knew more about the story
>>behind the specimens which were being sold for expensive prices!
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