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[nafex] Re: a whitney sport

Not surprising that such a much-maligned tree produced a sport.  The
multiple injuries would be more likely to cause it to form adventitious buds
or at least to force old buried buds, which increases the odds of a shoot
appearing from a cell that was mutated by natural means over the years.

Lon, This is a very interesting idea.  You know, Van Mons supposedly beat up
or somehow mistreated pear trees, his theory being that would make them
change faster, and he produced some greatly improved varieties.  In fact,
didn't he produce the first "butter" pears?  Donna


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