This research project is applying the technology of somatic fusion to develop novel commercially desirable varieties of waxflower (Chamelaucium species), one of the world’s most successful cut flower and ornamental crops. Targeting selected species and hybrids in the Chamelaucium group, which includes Chamelaucium (waxflower), Verticordia, Pileanthus, Darwinia and Actinodium (Figure 1), researchers at Kings Park WA aim to introduce new and highly desirable features into selected waxflower species and hybrids through a project funded by RIRDC, WAFEX and Kings Park until July 2014. Their focus is on expanding the colour palette while maintaining or improving disease tolerance, flowering time and plant form.What is somatic fusion?

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