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Chemical mutagen treatment of seed

Posted by jawstheshark1969 z6 NJ (My Page) on
Fri, Feb 6, 04 at 12:29

I am looking for someone who has some experience using sodium azide or other chemical mutagens to treat the seeds of woody ornamentals. The intent is to find some interesting recessive traits in the prodogy (not really a hybrid, but this forum seemed the closest to my topic). Anyone with experience can email me at Much literature is available for corn and barley, but I am interested in discussing this topic with others who have dealt with woody plants and mutagens.


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RE: Chemical mutagen treatment of seed

Do a search over in the rose propagation forum. There was a thread on using surflan as a mutagen a while back.

RE: Chemical mutagen treatment of seed

Just today I was at the Land Institute and talked to someone who has used sodium azide. I didn't know you were interested, so I didn't tell him to rush the info. Sorry. But it is on its way to me, then to you.

RE: Chemical mutagen treatment of seed

I'm interested as well.

RE: Chemical mutagen treatment of seed

I've used colchicine on a few things. It really does mess over the plants and drops your viability to about 1%. It produced much more compact plants when I tried it on assorted matthiola & Consolida species. I tried it as a paint on somatic treatment on Salvia splendens ( with DMSO added ) and got a bit of variation in leaf shape and flower shape but nothing hugely dramatic.

RE: Chemical mutagen treatment of seed


I've heard about the use of colchicine, but haven't used any myself. Where did you purchase it? It can also be used as a bud mutagen too I believe (can be applied directly to inmature buds of a plant).


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