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Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center

  • Subject: Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center
  • From: H20wrx@AOL.COM
  • Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2003 21:20:54 EST

Thought some members of the Robin might be interested to know that the
Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center at Ohio State University has received (inherited)
a collection of pelargoniums that they will be working with. More on the
center below.

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Date:   12/11/03 9:21:47 AM Eastern Standard Time
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Thanks for all the responses and information! This is great. To
answer your question about the Germplasm Center -- there are a lot
of Germplasm centers, all devoted to preserving different types of
plants -- corn, potatoes, and so on, but this is the only one that
is working with ornamental plants. It is still very new -- only two
years old. Some plants are stored as seeds and others as plants,
like all the pelargonium. The plan for the future is to switch from
plants in the green house to tissue cultures, because those are so
much smaller, and you don't have to worry about viruses and so
forth. Seeds are stored in a special climate-controlled room, and
checked often for their germination rates, so that when they are
getting too old, they can be sown and pollinated to produce a new
batch of seed.
Because the center is still only two years old, just getting
started, we're mostly trying to collect plants at this point, but we
are starting now to be able to distribute germplasm to other places -
- primarily to universities at this point.
The pelargonium collection is mostly zonals -- I'd guess around  a
hundred cultivars. Perhaps. I'm not sure of the exact numbers. There
are about 40 (again, I'm guessing here) regals (which are pretty
cool -- but not flowering much at all at the moment) and maybe 30
species, and a smattering of other things -- a few ivy leaved, some
scented leaf hybrids, and I'm not sure all what. The species are
what really interest me -- I love the variety of leaf shapes and
scents and colors. The regals are also really interesting as well,
but I must admit I am pretty bored by all the zonals. As I mentioned
before, I don't remember the name of the person who left the
collection to the center -- but I'll ask today. It would be very
interesting to know what his breeding plans had been -- there are
probably quite a number of works-in-progress that would be great
starting points.
If you want to know even more about the OPGC, you can visit our
website: http://opgc.osu.edu
Joseph Tychonievich

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