[Fwd: Red Corn]

Phil Stinard pstinard at uiuc.edu
Thu Jun 22 09:14:11 EST 2000


My experience with purple corn plants is that after cutting back ear 
shoots, my hands are stained purple, so I imagine that when the cells 
are disrupted, the purple pigments (anthocyanins) exude.  I believe 
that the anthocyanins are stored in the vacuoles, so the sap per se 
is not purple.  I think you will only get the purple pigment exuding 
when cells are broken.  A plant physiologist would be able to tell 
you for sure.

--Phil

>Forwarding to the maize net, for any ideas to be offered.
>Ed Coe
>
>-------- Original Message --------
>Subject: Red Corn
>Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2000 15:48:44 -0400 (EDT)
>From: Bill <ENGELBWE at BUFFALOSTATE.EDU>
>To: ED at TEOSINTE.AGRON.MISSOURI.EDU
>
>Ed,
>	Would you happen to know if the sap of a red maize plant might be
>reddish in color?  I'm working on an article on the Iroquois, and
>they have a tradition of a magical corn stalk that when cut exudes blood.
>
>                                                  Thanks,
>                                                  Bill Engelbrecht
>
>
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