By far, this is the best use of a hybridization oven that I have ever heard. I only wish I had tried it when I had access to one. Another limiting factor with most household microwaves is heating uniformity, regardless of whether they have a built-in turntable or not. As Nhu pointed out, using smaller bulbs could be key. Twin-scaling could be used to produce numerous small bulbs from large infected bulbs. These could then be exposed to different treatments. Until someone reports repeated success with a microwave, I think the sous vide is definitely the way to go. Here is a review of postharvest heat treatments for non-viral pest control: http://www-plb.ucdavis.edu/labs/chan/… Nathan At 03:08 PM 5/8/2013, you wrote: >I removed the existing leaves and roots, cut off excess >basal plate and used a well-controlled hybridization oven in my lab.