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Re: Sports

  • 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.

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