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Scientists genetically make a blue Phal

This is a discussion on Scientists genetically make a blue Phal within the Breeding & Hybridization forums, part of the Orchid Propagation category; Perhaps, glow in the dark ones will arrive when the time comes. Thanks for the ...

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    Perhaps, glow in the dark ones will arrive when the time comes. Thanks for the update!

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    Saw an article on this yesterday and thought I'd post it here, only to find it was already here! Nice shade of blue. This undoubtedly presages the same kind of new colors in other flowers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janet View Post
    Saw an article on this yesterday and thought I'd post it here, only to find it was already here! Nice shade of blue. This undoubtedly presages the same kind of new colors in other flowers.
    The problem with that photo is that the 'white balance' is way off why the color representation can not be trusted. (You see the blue gray dark background and the lack of green/red in the flower stem)

    It is though interesting that a company put such an amount of money on this kind of research!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron-NY View Post
    Just came across this article about Scientists make world's 1st blue orchid
    Genetic engineering use to create blue flower

    OKINAWA, Japan (NBC/EBU) - Japanese scientists say they've created a rare blue orchid.

    Researchers at Chiba University claim to have used genetic engineering to cultivate the world's first blue phalaenopsis aphrodite.

    Its blue flowers were shown to reporters Saturday before its public debut at an exhibition of orchids in Okinawa Prefecture.

    Japanese broadcaster NHK said the research team used genes from blue Asiatic dayflowers to create the orchid.

    Its flowers are around 5 centimeters across.

    It's a little smaller than the phalaenopsis aphrodite seen in nature, but one plant reportedly produces nearly 30 flowers.
    Ron, where did you find the article? Do you have a reference as I would be interesting to read what they have done!

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    Here's one article: World's 1st blue Phalaenopsis orchid | House of Japan - Japan News Technology Autos Culture Life Style
    but I really thought I saw a Science Daily article on it.

    Flower power: Scientist creates world's 1st blue moth orchid - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun -- another article on it. Flower looks different from the first one, petals aren't as round, color is purple-blue.

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    I'm just wondering, who needs such plant? Me, for sure not. The next will be for sure a black, Phalaenopsis amabilis. Good luck.

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    Interesting thanks for sharing lovely blue.

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    I like my own "blue" phal without engineering although it is more purple



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    Jan, with a little tweeking of the color you will have a nice blue phal with a more natural looking green flower stem than the Japanese clon!
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    I am sure the scientists used the technique - protoplast fusion, to develop such colour. This was an interesting area in biotech where they can do many modification to plants and develop awesome ones previously unknown.

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