I keep seeing this topic pop up in other threads rather than hijack those threads I decided to open a new one for a discussion of this.
More and more of late I have been seeing what can only be described as an anti-TC movement among the CP community. And I am more than a little curious to know where this is coming from.
I have seen numerous reasons put forth as to why TC is such an evil thing (some rational, some totally irrational) but the one that has been bugging me most of late is the one that states that TC and the chemicals used there in cause frequent and dramatic mutation/defects. Where is this idea coming from and how is it being perpetuated??
I do not deny that TC mutations happen (we all know about cup trap and pom-pom and straw lid) but why do so many people jump right to "TC induced problem" as an answer when there seems to be something wrong with a plant??
It is as if people are convinced that TC induced effects happen at the drop of a hat. This is not the case at all.
I am more and more convinced that people are just jumping on a band wagon for no reason other than "it sounds good to me"... There was a similar rash of this a few years back where, whenever someone posted a picture of a plant, half the board would immediately ID it as some type of cultivar.
I have been on these forums since the beginning and I have not met/seen many people here who have extensive or deep knowledge of TC. Yes, there are people here who do some home kit tinkering but there is a big difference between a home kit person who is a bit green and someone who has years of hands on experience.
I have personally been involved with a professionally run TC lab for a number of years now and in that time I have deflasked (conservatively) hundreds of plants. In all that time and among all those plants I have not once come across any type of aberration/mutation/defect that could be said to be TC induced.
So why is it that so many people believe that a mutation or an aberrant growth pattern automatically means the plant without a doubt came from TC and is suffering from the effects of exposure to the chemicals are used in that practice?
Can someone please explain it to me?