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Tissue culture questions/Thai trip

A number of people have asked me about Japanese plants and obtaining seeds 
and tissue cultures. specifically they are interested in the many Japanese 
waterlilies, lotus and Nuphar species. Some countries such as NZ and Oz have 
strict quarantine regulations which means only seeds or sterile tissue 
cultures escape being fumigated with Methyl Bromide. Has anyone had 
experieence with obtaining viable waterlily and nuphar seeds or culturing 
these plants in a sterile medium?

BTW I made a trip to Thailand, got a great deal (barter) and had a great 
time except for a recurring stomach and intestinal problem I incurred 
despite drinking bottled water. Kids had no problems as they survived on a 
strict softdrink and Thai junkfood diet. Saw some great fish-gouramies and 
loaches and lots of plants-crypts etc (PANTPANT LUSTLUST) at the local golf 
course. Also went and saw a friend's backyard operation. He raises bettas 
and gouramies in a few small ponds on his family's rice farm. I even brought 
some back.

Edward Venn,
SMG Holdings Co., Ltd.,
Deux Chateaux Blanc 2-303,
1356 Kobuchi, Kasukabe,
Saitama, Japan

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