Re: Red VFT, True from seed?

Wayne Forrester (forrestr@mendel.Berkeley.EDU)
Wed, 6 Sep 1995 07:59:23 -0700 (PDT)

> Hi, Could someone explain what alleles are?
Sorry for using jargon. Genes can come in many slightly different forms,
even in the same species. An allele is one of those particular forms.
For example, the excess red in the red VFT might come from having a
particularly active form of an enzyme that makes anthocyanin.

At at least some of the offspring will get an/the all red combo right?
In principle, this is correct. Problem is you don't know how many alleles
need to be in the proper combination. The fraction of offspring that get
the proper combination could be anywhere from 100% to 1 in millions (or
fewer). I have no information on the number of redVFT offspring that will
also be red.

Hope this clarified my last post.
Wayne Forrester