Re: Anthocyanins Out (off-topic?)

From: Peter Cole (
Date: Thu Feb 11 1999 - 08:39:56 PST

Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 0:39:56 +0800
From: Peter Cole <>
Message-Id: <aabcdefg416$foo@default>
Subject: Re: Anthocyanins Out (off-topic?)

on Mon, 08 Feb 1999 02:55:26 PST
"nigel hurneyman" <> wrote:

> I am trying to discover or breed an anthocyanin-free form of a
> non-carnivore (heresy!). Does anyone know why anthocyanin-free forms
> arise, or has anyone noticed anything unusual about the conditions in
> which anthocyanin-free forms appear, eg Darlintonia 'Othello', the
> heterophyllous S purpureas and Drosera capensis 'alba'.

They most likely arise naturally by spontaneous mutation, and might in
some cases confer environmental benefit, though I suspect in most merely
don't disadvantage the plants.
As for trying to breed antho-free plants, I can only suggest sowing lots
of seeds and seeing what you get, or try stressing some plant tissue in
vitro - I see all manner of strange mutations on occasion (sadly seldom
viable,) including a particularly attractive albino (no chlorophyll but
antho-producing,) Darlingtonia last year. It faded away before I could
figure out how to graft it onto some normal tissue :(

        Happy experimenting,

                                Peter :
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