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  Caladiums w/ virus?
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.13 at 16:29:45(5086)
Dear Denis,

See my other postings from this AM with my opinions on this virus thing.

One other point---since most or all of the commercial Caladium vars. in
cultivation are produced from tubers that were created YEARS ago by crossing
different species and varieties, if we were to produce seed from these
present day ones the chances of obtaining anything worthwhile are slim to
none, most of them just have too many parents!!
I thought that a strain of Aroid could be 'cleansed' of this virus by
'doing' it in tissue culture, which eliminated the virus? Read it



From: Paul Tyerman tyerman at dynamite.com.au> on 2000.07.13 at 20:02:31(5099)
Howdy All,

I remember reading somewhere that virus cannot penetrate within the first
12 (or some such) layers of cells around the meristematic growth point,
therefore if tissue sulture is achieved on the meristematic growth it
should be virus free.....

Can't remember where I read it.

Paul Tyerman

From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at email.msn.com> on 2000.07.14 at 15:49:51(5107)
Dear Paul,

I too have read that tissue culture can eliminate the virus from a plant, it
can not or does not transmit itself through this method, which is a great
I believe it was in some publication on Taro cultivation, as this virus is a
pest in Taro (Colocasia).



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