Re: Sep order

Fri, 25 Mar 1994 11:00:29 -0600 (CST)

Actually, I was about to ask the same question about male and female
_Nepenthes_. It's not like you can look for X & Y chromosomes under a
microscope. I was wondering, though, how much of a difference there is in
males and females of gibberellic acid and ethylene (the hormones involved in
sex expression in MONOECIUOS plants), respectively. These hormones can be
applied to favor a sex expression in plants, so my question is, can one look
for these chemicals in a plant to determine its sex?

Perhaps there are other chemicals that one could test for to determine
the sex as well, but I think this would be a good place to start. This is,
however, theoretical. I'll ask some of my profs and see if they know some way.
I'm betting, though, that they'll tell me to just let one grow and see what
kind of flowers it produces. :-/

BTW, do you use hormones in your tissue culture media? or what kind of
formulation do you use?