Hosta By Kelley
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Cataloging of plant DNA
Hosta Patents require it, and Hosta Trademarks encourage it. But the unregistered and registered hosta have no requirement for this. So the problem comes when the backyard gardener looses track of which hosta is which. Every hosta grower knows that you can identify a hosta by only so far by visual identification. There are some hosta that literally look identical to each other. DNA becomes the thumbprint to make that indentication possible.
Building a DNA catalogue of hosta would create a means for identifying one hosta from another ... more reliably. With the NAHA collection one could re-scan the gardener's hosta and then generate a probable list of what it could be. It would stlll be up to the gardener to compare the list to what plant they have; the nice thing about this process is that all the plants would be on site for immediate comparison.
The question comes to the author as to if hosta have a NATURAL DNA deviation point. New hosta sports/mutate/varieties occur far to easily. So this would be yet another point of research that NAHA could explore.
As DNA reports are a 'crypic' documents, the DNA record would never be released.
Plant Name Menu Codes:
In Gardner's collection: green.
In Collection but is an unregistered sport: BLUE.
Past Plants that are no longer in the collection: Brown.
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