Heat treatment for mosaic virus

Nathan Lange plantsman@comcast.net
Thu, 09 May 2013 16:29:16 PDT

Obviously, twin scaling of a virused bulb will produce virused bulbs. 
My point was that twin scaling of a large virused bulbs will produce 
numerous small virused bulbs.  As people pointed out, small bulbs may 
be more easily heat treated than large bulbs.  Also, having numerous 
small virused bulbs instead of one large virused bulb allows you the 
opportunity to try more than one temperature or heating 
duration.  This may give you a better chance of saving some large 
infected bulb.


At 04:11 PM 5/9/2013, you wrote:
>Wow, this is shrapnel! First and foremost, twin scaling of a virused 
>bulb will produce virused bulbils. Meristem culture is a quite 
>different thing and will clean virused stock, but involves lab 
>conditions. Two bulbs that were cleaned this wy: Narcissus 'Tete a 
>Tete' and Hippeastrum papilio.
>You people must have heard years ago of a method (reported as very 
>successful) for treatment of HIV patients: basically it consisted in 
>heating their blood  in a machine (to describe it crudely) letting 
>it cool down and recircling it into the body. The heat killed the 
>virus giving  good life quality. Mysteriously, no report of it (for 
>good or bad) for many years now.
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