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SHELDON POPE Mentha longifolia Genetic Experimentation Biology lab section L19 Kelly J. Vining, Q. Zhang, A.O. Tucker, C. Smith, and T.M. Davis 9/27/2007
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Introduction: Mentha longifolia (L.) L is the scientific name for a wild mint plant. It can be found mostly in Europe, southern Africa, and Asia. This plant has different types of subspecies which have different characteristics. Mentha longifolia is a great plant for biologists to use learning and exploring genetics and cloning. These plants are used mostly for their oils, and by messing with the genetics, hypothetically biologists can create the best oils possible from the strongest plants. Oils from mint plants are used to flavor many things such as gum or mints. There is one problem with the mints plants though; a few species are highly susceptible to a fungus named Verticillium dahliae . This fungus usually kills the leaves which eventually will end up killing the whole host plant. The fungus spores attach themselves to the roots, and attack the leaves while it grows. This disease is called Verticillium wilt, which is the basis of this study. Materials and Method: The experiment requires fourteen different plants within the M. longifolia family, including four subspecies. The plants must be either rooted or rhizomes. The USDA National Plant Germplasm System Plant Information (PI) numbers and chromosome numbers (if they are known) for each of the fourteen plants. The geographical regions identifying where each of the plants are from is also necessary
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