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Count the beans,

This is a discussion on Count the beans, within the RVO's OrchidTalk Contest Winners! forums, part of the And the Winner Is... category; Ok---I only guessed number, not the % alba. I'll go with 23 and 4 then. ...

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    Ok---I only guessed number, not the % alba. I'll go with 23 and 4 then. Since the alba was supposed to be our tie breaker.

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    Thumbs up Who doesn't like a prize???

    OK, I have thought of a prize for the winner.

    Should it be the CLOSEST guess or the EXACT guess?

    Maybe a two tiered option. A cool prize if close and even better if exact?

    Here is one idea: I just posted a TON of plants on the auction site. $5 off the auction total if close. I will cover the shipping ($10) if exact.

    Another idea: I have some plants in mind that I am selling or getting ready to sell (duh!). I will make up a list of possible choices. Close, I pick the plant, Exact YOU get to pick? Some may be from the auction and other will be plants I have that you have NEVER seen before.

    I want to make it interesting, but not break my orchid bank either.

    Other suggestions?

    Can I guess too? Heck, I don't have a clue how many of each are in there either!!!!

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    When I win can you keep it until spring ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin View Post
    When I win can you keep it until spring ?
    Win what?

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    Here is one idea: I just posted a TON of plants on the auction site. $5 off the auction total if close. I will cover the shipping ($10) if exact. <-----------

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    What you typed, above

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    By the way, I can keep the plants until appropriate shipping time.

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    The pots have come in and this project will be wrapped up by 6 o'clock tonight.

    GET YOUR GUESSES IN RIGHT AWAY!!

    I have heard there is some confusion about the prize.

    I can either be a plant from a list of my choosing or a $5 discount on one of my current auctions.

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    Sounds good! I've got to dash out now, but I'll be sure to enter a guess by the deadline!

    McJulie

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    Okay, slipping in under the deadline - whatever time zone was intended - I'll guess 34. That's a crowded compot. There are always some runts hidden in there, as Hoa suggested, and growers try and err on the side of a few more seedlings when they flask these. Figuring your standard flask promises 25 seedlings, and based on my own compots, 34.

    I won't even guess at the alba count for several reasons. First of all, you won't be awarding that prize for about five years, LOL! There's also higher seedling loss from flasks, less so from compots, but you'll still loose some. And albas might not be as robust growers. I don't know that they wouldn't, but sometimes heavily recessive gene combos make for more fragile creatures. Those delicate albinos! While there might have been 1/4 alba when the seeds germinated, you may end up with disproportionately less by the time they grow up and bloom.

    Besides, genetics suggest you've a 50-50 chance you'll have a boy or a girl. Yet look at large families with all but one boy, or all girls. Embryos don't read the math books!

    McJulie

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    Boys and girls work differently. It is based on the existence of the y chromosome. Only males have the y chomosome and it is dominate over the x chromosome. Totally off topic but, BTW I heard in rare cases females have had the y chromosome. In the past the Olympics tested for the y chomosome to see if a the female athletes were actually female, rather than give a visual examination, and they found several females had the y chromosome. They banned those female athletes from the game thinking they were men, later only to find out that they were actually female born women with all the right parts anatomically and shattered their dreams unfortunately. It's interesting how things can work out when the fetus is developing, I believe everyone is female to begin with untill things start to develop. I guess those female athletes didn't develop quite correctly

    To test for the alba characteristic: Let A stand for normal and a stand for alba. Both parent were Aa.
    .. A ...a
    A AA Aa
    a Aa aa

    it should be 25% alba (aa) based on genetics since the alba gene is recessive. This is assuming that the alba characteristic is caused by only one gene. These calcualations are only estimates. Some characteristics are caused by more than one gene which complicates things up.
    Last edited by smartie2000; February 17th, 2007 at 02:51 PM.

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