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Earless/forage corn info?

Marty Sachs msachs at uiuc.edu
Fri Jun 19 08:48:55 EST 1998

There are genes in maize that when mutant give a barren stalk trait; see:


If one of these is combined with a closely linked kernel marker (e.g., ba2
is fairly closely linked to miniature seed1 and floury endosperm1), one can
maintain the barren trait as a selfed heterozygote and plant only those
kernels that have a high likelyhood of giving rise to barren plants.

An alternative might be combining a barren trait with the perennial trait
from Zea diploperennis and then one wouldn't need to worry about seeds.

		-Marty Sachs

At 7:15 AM -0500 6/19/98, David Kendra wrote:
>I know this is a silly question, but if the plant does not produce grain
>how does it propagate?
>Dave Kendra

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