|THE AIMS OF THE MODEL|
The reason for developing a computer model was to gain more understanding of the genetics of crossing auriculas.
How colour might work as well as some ingredients of form were to be investigated. Of course what resulted was far more questions than answers. |
The outcome is more of a computer game or pastime and is best cosidered as a bit of fun.
|HOW TO USE THE MODEL|
THE MODEL REQUIRES
A FAIRLY MODERN VERSION OF INTERNET EXPLORER|
and may degrade poorly on early Versions or other Browsers.
When the page loads you will see 2 rows of 6 auricula pips that have been randonly generated.
Each person will have a different set of pips.
If you think you have been dealt a bad selection REFRESH or reload the page and you get a new set.
Under each pip (representing a plant) is a small text area that can be used like a Plant Label and an array of buttons that move a clone of the plant to or from one or other of the two parent spaces on the left of the screen.
To make a cross move a plant to Parent 1 and a plant to Parent 2 and press a Seedling Button.
When a Seedling Button is pressed that plant and all the plants to the right and under it are replaced by the results of the cross.
You should therefore move (via the Parent Spaces) the plants you most want to keep near the top left. Not all the seeds are genetically viable and you will get some misses. No further resultant seedlings will appear after about 20 seconds.
Keep moving plants and making new plants for as long as you wish.
Types such as selfs, stripes, fancies and edges are possible with the complete range of ground colours.
Forms lost to cultivation such as stripes similar to 'Glory of Chilton' and the Painted Ladies are also possible.
|KEEPING YOUR RESULTS SAFE|
There are facilities towards the bottom of the computer model page to save your gererated plants in a COOKIE. |
There is also a simple if somewhat clumsy way of saving individual plants that could be emailed to a friend. In practice some forms will undoubtedly only be readily achievable by using this facility.
Click the link below to use the model.
The page will take a couple of minutes to load the graphics with a standard line.