Re: Radiation and VFTs

Andreas Wistuba (A.Wistuba@DKFZ-Heidelberg.DE)
Fri, 11 Nov 1994 09:47:19 GMT+1

> Hi:
> Has anybody exposed VFTs or other CPs to different
> radioactive sources? If not, why not? Would it
> create any interesting genetic effects, or unusual
> growth patterns? Also, has anyone ever exposed CP
> seeds to Colchicum (autumn crocus) to see if you
> get some kind of interesting growth/reproductive
> effect?
By exposing seeds to irradiation you very easily create
large genetic changes (damages). I think one would have to
use very low doses in order to only get smaller mutations.
Then the selection problem arises. You might need to grow
millions of plants to maturity.
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