VFT forms and Nep transformation

Fernando Rivadavia Lopes (ferndriv@usp.br)
Tue, 29 Aug 1995 21:46:10 -0500 (CDT)

> There is a slight problem here - these Dionaea forms (AFAIK,) do
> *not* come true from seed, so you'll need a cutting or TCed plant
> to preserve the characteristics. This is probably why they seem
> to be so much rarer in cultivation than the typical VFT.
> Peter

Now that's a bummer! I'd heard that at least the VFT "dentata" I
received came up true from seeds. Hey Gordon, ask Ivan about this for me.
I think he was the one that told me this!

On another subject, on Friday I'm gonna have a lab activity at
university where we'll be infecting plants with Agrobacterium rhizogenes
to observe the production of roots. I was wondering if this bacteria is
able to transform Nepenthes cells too and make them produce roots. This
could be a good way to root the cuttings on the plants before you
actually cut them off. Of course the strain of bacteria you're using
might be very important and we might not have the right one. Has anyone
ever tried this with Nepenthes or ever read anything about it? What about
for other CPs?

Fernand Rivadavia
Sao Paulo, Brasil