doug at nathan.allegany.com wrote:
> I plan on treating Solanum sisymbriifolium (Litchi Tomato) seeds
> with colchicine. I can imagine that this specific plant has been ignored
> by major plant breeders but, I am interested it treating other edible
> crops as well.
>> Could someone recommend any books or articles covering the use of
> induced polyploid seedlings on food crops?
>> Thank you,
>> Douglas Sutton
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I don't know alot about colchicine, but I know that it is used for
inducing mutations. Basically, any experiment involving it will bring
out mutations, many undesirable, and hopefully a few desirable ones.
These desirable specimens can then be cloned and bred. Many household
substances can be used for mutation breeding as well: coffee and
aspirin are good ones to try. Be sure to soak seeds in water before
introducing mutagenic agents or the seeds may be killed.
Also, *VERY IMPORTANT* when using colchicine, do NOT eat the vegetables
of the first generation. They are harmful. Instead, gather the seeds
and grow the second generation, these veggies are perfectly fine for
You may already know this Doug, but others may need the info.