Plant with greatly reduced or no formation of chlorophyll. Albino plants have a white-yellow appearance.
Albinism (with genetic cause) is provoked by mutation breeding and repeated inbreeding. Albinos with defects of genetic origin usually do not survive the seedling stage.
Albinism can also be caused by environmental conditions, due to cultivation in absolute darkness. This environmental type of albinism is reversible, in contrast to the genetic type. An albino plant that has been grown in the dark soon restores the formation of chlorofyll once it receives (sun)light. Often within a day the plant turns green again.« Back to Glossary Index