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Plant Breeding / Re: Novel domestications in neglected plant families
« Last post by William S. on Today at 10:52:29 PM »
Sagittaria I think I've read that the indigenous people cultivated it, perhaps building rock shelves for it. I think some plants like Malus sieversii/Malus pumila kind of just come to us already extremely useful. I wonder if the vast span of time sagittaria has spent coevolving with humans already along with some other pacific NW indigenous staples hasn't already strongly affected it? Or if not why not?

Interesting that you mention the Urticaceae. Here in Montana USA there is an annual plant named Parietaria pensylvanica. Apparently is edible but when I saw your post I thought of it and that it must be. I first encountered it two years ago and finally identified it this year. I thought it must be in a family with more species. It would make sense as a domestication project.

My thoughts on novel domestication tend to run towards more familiar groups. Like making a nice hybrid swarm of white oaks.
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Would you share your sources of breeding lines in Europe?
I was told by a breeder that there is currently only one chickpea breeder in Europe, (CZ), but he is only breeding forage chickpeas and only summer ones.

Did you get your Hannan Popbean from a European source? Due to their resistance, I am also interested in getting seeds of them.
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Wow, thank you for the reply!
I totally missed those, how did that happen? :)

Very nice!
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Plant Breeding / Novel domestications in neglected plant families
« Last post by S.Simonsen on Today at 04:13:13 AM »
Can you think of any plant families that currently lack domesticated species but have potential for novel domestications? For example if I asked this question a century ago Ericaceae (blueberry) and Proteaceae (Macadamia nut) would be correct answers, though I wonder how many people would have successfully guessed. I would suggest the following:
Alismataceae- Sagittaria
Doryanthaceae- Doryanthes
Pontederiaceae- Pontederia
Commelinaceae-?
Balsamaceae-Impatiens
Cleomaceae- Cleome (one edible species in South Africa C. gynandra)
Urticaceae-Urtica
Eleagnaceae-Eleagnus (half domesticated already)
Lardizabalaceae-Akebia (some work in Japan)
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Wet summer RW? I might have to put mine in a sheltered open sided tunnel house. Or, string em up, like snow peas? Pics below from today, 18 up in total. 30 days since first emergence.. slooooow
Earliest plant is in the 5gal fabric pot. I have 100 more of these pots coming, but suspect I will not need anywhere near that many?
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La Nina has been declared by the BOM over here in Oz Richard
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Tomatoes / Re: Breeding with wild tomato species
« Last post by Diane Whitehead on Yesterday at 01:15:47 PM »
plus the next article with a link at the bottom, and the next linked article at the bottom of that one.

The third one was on suggestions to promote parthenocarpy.
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Community & Forum Building / Re: Our Weather -2020
« Last post by Richard Watson on Yesterday at 12:53:13 PM »
Just seeing the back end of a nasty Antarctica blast but what was unusual this time was the airflow originated from the center of the continent, so temperatures were some of the coldest seen for a few years.




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Ive managed to get one seedling from Chris's G1 and there's one from Bbcuzzie, though it weak so I'm not holding my breath that it will make it. Knowing that there is a Super La Nina starting around December the weather pattern change in the subtropics around NZ will be extraordinary this summer if this verifies, so, I dont think its going to be an ideal summer for Ipomoea batatas seed production.
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Tomatoes / Re: Breeding with wild tomato species
« Last post by Andrew Barney on Yesterday at 06:37:20 AM »
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