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  RE: [Aroid-l] Amorph. cross
From: hermine hermine at endangeredspecies.com> on 2006.01.21 at 22:05:13(13756)
At 01:41 PM 1/21/2006, Wilbert Hetterscheid wrote:

I wouldn't hold my
breath here: Amorphophallus bulbifer is a triploid (3n = 39) and could
never ever produce fertile offspring of interspecific hybrid origin. It
always sets purely apomictic seeds (without any pollination) and produces
"offspring" identical to the mother plant.

I am sorry, but I am
not buying a ticket to see 100 bulbifer clones..........

Sorry to disappoint

Lord P. you know,
when plants behave like this, it makes a regular person HUMBLE.
When critters reproduce by making more of themselves without
intervention, it is like, oh, call it DIVINE. I understand
that frogs do this, which led to some interesting turns of plot in
JURASSIC PARK, the worst movie of the Modern Era. but when I read the
book and the dumb scientist said, oh we used some Rana DNA because our
Tyrannosaurus rex DNA was a little broken, I ALREADY KNEW THE WHOLE
Polyploidy is one of my favourite things.

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