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« on: July 25, 2014, 01:19:53 PM »
We here at Sacred Cactus are a devoted group of friends that enjoy these particular forms of desert flora and other biological diversity. We decided to create this space on the web to put together a specific set of information for cacti. Through the sharing of ideas and resource intensive research, we hope to become an extensive database for everything cacti.

We will cover a broad range of topics, including everything from germination and cultivation, grafting and pollinating, historical medicinal and ethnobotanical usage to decoration and disease prevention. We plan to bring everything we can together to cover as much as we can.

There is a lot happening in the field of cacti. Re-orderings, re-classifications, newly analyzed GC/MS samples. The biodiversity of the cacti family is vast and under studied. If we can pull all of our resources together and share our work we can build this Tao of cacti. A cornucopia of knowledge. Please join us in our journey and share your own with us.

As we continue to grow and develop, the display and functioning of the site will evolve as well. We welcome any recommendations and suggestions that you may have to help us out. Help us all out. If you have anything to contribute, please do so. If there is a medium that is not suitable for your submissions please let us know and we will do everything we can to accommodate you.

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Re: About Us
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2015, 02:04:05 PM »
GC/MS samples you say...  I think that this forums goals are exciting from many different perspectives. Seedlings provide for so much more genetic diversity than mere cuttings and to be honest I've generally been of the opinion that I'd rather have several hundred seeds from two of the best crossed to each other than to have actual cuttings of the best so to speak. Of course, if were not talking hundreds of seeds then its better to have the cuttings as the odds of getting something that blows the parents away is all in the roll of the genetic dice. Intergeneric hybrids such as an astrobergia of course stimulate my interests considerably. Although, intra-specific hybrids and regional hybrids are important and equally interesting in many ways to provide genetic diversity and sometimes even differences in pollination occur from one region to another. What may not be possible with a north regional variety may be possible with a south regional variety as there are differences in the stigma, pollen, etc. when you look at some cacti species and the differences between one region and another can prove to add genetic vigor to seedlings. Pollen cocktails, tricking the stigma into accepting foreign pollen, and so many other techniques may be employed and some of these techniques if done wrong or right for that matter may call into question the actual genetic composition of said seedlings. The bottom line is that if experiments are not done in pollinating and growing out seeds there will be a genetic bottleneck and little headway will be made.
For those that graft...
Every areole is a cactus waiting to be born