Saffron, Possibly Replacing Opium in Afghanistan

Russell Stafford, Odyssey Plants
Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:51:59 PDT
While it's true that mass-market saffron is dominated by one clone, 
numerous genotypes and phenotypes occur in cultivation.  Some are 
very floriferous.  No genetic engineering necessarily required!…


At 07:30 AM 9/13/2017, you wrote:
>On 13/09/2017 03:39, Judy Glattstein wrote:
>>Nice BBC article about saffron growing / selling in Afghanistan. And Iran.
>Here in the North West of England my saffron crocus are just 
>appearing. I doubt they will flower.
>Stories about commercial saffron growing come round every year. The 
>other tale is that it is a single cultivated clone which no one 
>knows the origin of.
>Maybe the market is not big enough for someone to genetically 
>engineer a plant that grows easily and produces lots of saffron.
>David Pilling
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