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  Amorphophallus plant material for research
From: Douglas C Bertelsen <dbertelsen at mail.unomaha.edu> on 2004.09.28 at 10:22:08(12228)
Dear Aroiders,

After lurking on aroid-l for the last year, I would like to offer my
knowledge of plants (as limited as it may be in areas) to the membership.
I have, either currently or in the past, had collections of aquatic plants
(including Cryptocoryne and Annubias species), carnivorous plants, and a
rather humble Amorphophallus collection.

My current botanical interests have led me to pursue a Master's in
Biology with a specialization in plant physiology at the University of
Nebraska at Omaha. My research goals are to develop a suitable
micropropagation protocol for at least one member of the genus
Amorphophallus and to test genetic stability of regenerated plants through
use of Rapid Amplification of Polymorphic DNA (RAPD). Tests may also be
carried out on species for which an established protocol exists.

Presently, I am looking for plant material suitable for this research.
While A. konjac, A. paeoniifolius and A. titanum have protocols
established, I am unable to locate information as to whether they were ever
tested for genomic stability beyond a visual examination. This being said,
I would be highly appreciative of live material of any Amorphophallus
species, whether loan, donation or otherwise to my research. If you have
any such material or know of a source, please feel free to contact me for
further details. Plants remaining after the research will become part of
the UniversityĆ¢s greenhouse collection.

Sincerely,

Douglas Bertelsen

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From: Bryan Lampl <blampl1 at earthlink.net> on 2004.10.07 at 21:28:04(12267)
hello,

I may be able to offer a few small offsets for your testing. I have A.
dunnii, variabilis, and yunnanensis. they are all new offsets from the
parent tuber, so they would be small and haven't had a growth cycle yet.
they are all dormant now, so shipping is easy. if they can be used, let me
know.

Bryan Lampl

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From: Douglas C Bertelsen <dbertelsen at mail.unomaha.edu> on 2004.10.11 at 11:40:28(12281)
Bryan,
Any material is greatly appreciated. No one has offered any of the three
species you mentioned as of yet. Initial research will be involved in
testing/developing suitable means to differentiate between plants, whether
normal, genetically related or mutant plants. This will require smaller
amounts of plant material, so they will have a chance to grow out before
the micropropagation begins in earnest. If you have any questions, don't
hesitate to ask.

Thanks again

Doug Bertelsen

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