X-Ray Datura Experiments
I exposed some Datura pollen to x-rays and pollinated some flowers as soon as they opened with the pollen. I just collected pollen using a pollinating brush set the head into the mutagenesis chamber's germplasm ring and turned it on. I set the voltage to 3vdc (which runs into a HV taser type unit) and let it run for 5 minutes (9/19/2019). I used a cut up boba straw to create rings to mark the ~8 flowers I pollinated with the x-ray pollen.
I'm trying to come up with a way to easily test the amount of poisonous alkaloids and see if I can find a mutant with less/no dangerous alkaloids.
Here are some pictures:
- About 3 pods formed (or formed that retained their markers, I found that some markers had fallen off)
- A couple pods didn't form, but retained their tag
- I put bags around the pods in order to collect the seeds, I'd use a cheese cloth or something instead.
- Here's the seed exactly 2 months after pollination about to be spread out and dried
- Seeds all dried
Planted the seeds in "Planter's Pride" Pellets made with compressed coconut coir. They expand when you soak them in water, I planted 10 with seeds I'm sure were from x-ray pollen flowers, and then the last 5 were questionable ones. I have then under the growlight where I grew the fast plants.