Re:Tissue Cultured Aquarium Plants

>From: "Michael E. Kane" <mek at GNV_IFAS.UFL.EDU>
>Date: Sun, 25 Aug 1996 12:50:17 -0500 (EST)

>Has anyone purchased aquarium  plants that were commercially produced by
>tissue culture (micropropagation)?  I would be interested in knowing your
>general  impressions on thier quality and growth.

There is a chance that a plant you bought in one of those little rockwool
containers may have been propagated by tissue culture.  Tissue culture
propagation should not affect a plant's characteristics because it should
not affect the plant's genetic makeup.  Tissue culture is just a way of
rapidly propagating a plant as well as starting off the propagation process
with sterile plants.  They aren't sterile by the time they get to us.

Paul Krombholz                  Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS  39174
In steamy Mississippi.