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Development and Structure

Heyd, Lauren [1], Schafran, Peter [2], Jones, Marcus [3].

Effect of Food Additives on in vitro Germination of Cypripedium acaule (Orchidaceae).

For a long time, orchid growers have used unconventional food products in their growth media to increase germination. Cypripedium acaule Aiton (Orchidaceae), an orchid native to Virginia, benefits from ex situ conservation through cultivation. Here, four different additives- potato (Solanum tuberosum), banana (Musa acuminata), tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and coconut water (Cocos nucifera)- were each added to Phytotech P723 orchid seed sowing medium. Percent germination was measured over time for each treatment group. Knowing which additives enhance germination may lead to better cultivation methods for both economic and research purposes, and could lead to better conservation methods for rare orchid species.

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1 - Old Dominion University, Department of Biological Sciences, Norfolk, Virginia, 23529, USA
2 - Old Dominion University, Department of Biological Sciences, Norfolk, Virginia, 23529-0266, USA
3 - Old Dominion University, Kaplan Orchid Conservatory, Norfolk, Virginia, 23529-0266, USA

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Presentation Type: Poster
Session: P, Development and Structure: Posters
Location: Exhibit Hall/Savannah International Trade and Convention Center
Date: Monday, August 1st, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM This poster will be presented at 5:30 pm. The Poster Session runs from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. Posters with odd poster numbers are presented at 5:30 pm, and posters with even poster numbers are presented at 6:15 pm.
Number: PDS007
Abstract ID:810
Candidate for Awards:Developmental and Structural Section best poster

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