Crocus & Wheat Embryos

Steven hartsentwine.australia@gmail.com
Thu, 07 Nov 2013 01:40:10 PST
Thanks guys, that's all fascinating ! 

Steven :  )

On 07/11/2013, at 5:26 PM, Peter Taggart <petersirises@gmail.com> wrote:

> Colchicine is used to raise the ploidy of embryos.
> I have read accounts of deaths from the eating of Clochicum bulbs and from
> overdose of the medicine. Multiple organ failure and no remedy..... it is
> absolutely horrific and does not require a lot of the plant or of the drug.
> 
> Though the Iris family is generally thought to be poisonous; not only
> saffron is eaten, the corms of some Crocus are eaten as if they were nuts.
> IT IS IMPORTANT NOT TO CONFUSE COLCHICUM WITH CROCUS!!!
> 
> 
> On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 3:39 AM, <arnold140@verizon.net> wrote:
> 
>> Steve:
>> 
>> I think you'll find the drug colchicine in the "Autumn Crocus" better know
>> as  Colchicum.
>> 
>> A great drug for the treatment of gout.
>> 
>> I can tell you that the wheat development program I assisted in a couple of
>> years could not have happened if not for crocus bulbs...the bulb contains
>> an extremely dangerous but useful compound called colchicine,which we used
>> to double chromosome a number of haploid wheat embryos
>> 
>> 
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