- Subject: Re: [IGSROBIN] Sports
- From: maria guzman <mirror@3RIVERS.NET>
- Date: Wed, 1 May 2002 09:44:44 -0600
Witches' brooms on conifers are caused by fungus or virus (I'm not sure
which) which does cause a mutation. I've seen them in trees myself but
they're always too high up to collect without ladders and athletic ability.
whose tree-climbing days are over
>>There would seem to be no reason why a gene affecting plant
>>stature could not undergo mutation and perhaps produce a miniature plant.
>I should have added that I think this is the way many dwarf conifers in the
>nursery trade originated. They were found as dwarfed parts of regular-sized
>plants, and then propagated by cuttings or grafts.