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colchicine used to improve vegetable crops

chris freeman cfreeman at frontiernet.net
Fri Jan 17 09:00:05 EST 1997

doug at nathan.allegany.com wrote:
> Hello,
>       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.

Good luck!


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