In 1993 I planted some 5000 Year Old Cave Beans. I grew them in my
garden, in the city, with no other bean plants around.
I grew beans from the 1993 harvest in 1994. When I harvested my 1994
crop I noticed that some of the seed coats were different. In '94 I
grew some Scarlet Runner beans and they were in bloom at the same time
as the Caves. I thought the Runner was Phaseolus coccineus and would
not cross with the Caves, Phaseolus vulgairs. (Ref. Seed to Seed by
Suzanne Ashworth page 136) The coats were unmistakably a cross between
the 2 beans. Upon further investigation, I discovered that the name
runner was just a name and not the species.
As you all know, seed coat is a product of the first generation and
therefore would not show up until the second planting. I am sure that
the beans were not crossed in the 1993 growing.
I have since discussed this anomaly with both my Botany professor and
the genetics professor at Humboldt State University. They say that I
had to have crossed the beans in '93 and they refuse to believe me. I
know that the beans were not crossed the first year and that something
unusual has occurred.... I want to know what it is.
I have 42 of the Caves that a friend grew from my '93 harvest in his
garden in '94 separate from my "crossed" beans. They do not exhibit the
seed coat change. I have 401 Caves with changed coats and 1011 Caves
with no/(marginal) coat change and 53 runt beans. I also have 78
Scarlet Runner beans that were undoubtedly crossed with the Cave beans
but show no seed coat change. This is the total of my '94 harvest.
I want to design a research program to perhaps determine what
happened genetically to the Caves. I am writing because I need to find
someone that has the expertise and is willing to help me design and
carry out a research program.
I don't know any people in the bean genetics business but I hope that
someone can at least send me in some direction. I have been sitting on
this for 3 years and I am still positive that there is something unusual
happening and am anxious to understand what it is.
Thank you for your time. Any help that you can give me will be
? Don't recycle. Reuse.
( ^ ) Patti Ann Rose - Seeker, Writer, Activist
( ) prose at northcoast.com <---> par7 at axe.humboldt.edu