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Re: Patriot


>With a 2n count of 60 I am going with the polyploidic origin for the 
>group of plants we call Hosta.

There is little doubt that hostas are ancient amphidiploids.  Bet Ben 
doesn't know what an amphidiploid is.  However, since they behave like 
diploids (Ben - that's why they are called amdipdiploids) and there 
are no 30 chromosome hostas, it is generally correct to call them 
diploids.  Amphidiploids also mean that most genes are duplicated.  
This duplication of genes in an amphidiploid has significent 
consequences as it can make it more difficult to get a recessive 
phenotype, but it also allows for fixed heterozygosity which can be 

Joe Halinar

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