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Okay so I'm suddenly ridiculously interested in Lophophora cultivators... How are they grown?! In what conditions?! Where can I get seeds?! HOW DO I DO THIS?! A lot of these sexy cultivators seem to be from Japan but there are a few Thai ones as well. Anybody have information on these? I've tried contacting some nurseries but with no luck. LET ME KNOW YOUR SECRETS!!!! A lot of these sexy cultivators seem to be Diffusa with some being Fricii, seems rare to be able to mess around with williamsii genetics? Also some Loph CV porn ;) - these are from different sources, so I can't guarantee that they're correct in names. L. fricii cv. Ooibo ginkan L. diffusa cv. ? L.diffusa cv. Ooibo L. diffusa cv. Ootake L. diffusa (This is the controversial astro x loph, it's not, a Japanese friend said that the description for it was in bad Japanese but pretty much said "Its name is dumbo, its a seedling. Very strange and lovable. And wonder how many in the world exist?" It also said something about the distance between the ears.) L. diffusa Ooibo Siwa Ginkan L. cv. Kikko L. diffusa cv. Dekapai Suikan This is a great site, some person in Japan (I'm pretty sure) that visits nurseries or owns a nursery.... not too sure. But there are quite a few unique cv's in there. http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~hama-jj/index.html
Was discussing polyploidy and mutation breeding with a colleague the other day and he came out with some experiential statements I've been unable to confirm. He's on leave now so I can't have a longer discussion til he returns. I thought I'd throw the following of his statements out there and see if anyone knows more 1. Polyploidy is cool, and pretty standard stuff in plants. However it's not an increase in secondary metabolites that is the biggest outcome for plants, polyploidy generally first confers an increased immunity to cold temps. Anyone know more? And can polyploidy change the actual phytochemical products of a species? 2. No point looking for gross floral morphology changes in a mutant population, flowers are the last things to mutate as the plant has a vested interest in passing on it's genetics using its current methods. So they protect the flowers, and work to make ornamental variatiations of floral morphology is much harder This one is relevant to me because I was hoping to find floral variations in a mutant population. Haven't seen them. If this line of work is pretty low yielding in terms of results I'll put it on the backburner