Chemical induced polyploidism
eee at netcom.com
Fri Nov 25 11:51:04 EST 1994
Colchicine is commonly used to introduce polyploidism. I believe
you treat the flowers before pollination, not the seeds. Colchicine
is poisonous, and is used in small amounts as a treatment for gout.
The natural source for colchicine is the corm of the crocus plant.
If I remember correctly, colchicine interferes with the formation
of microtubules, and that interferes with cell division, causing
More information about the Bioforum