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Unusual Ear development

David Weber dfweber at ilstu.edu
Tue Sep 12 09:19:17 EST 2000

Hi Peggy,

I believe you are seeing a tassel segment emerging from the end of
the ear.  Some of the genetic stocks that I work with tend to
frequently do this.  There is a single tassel branch that emerges
from the end of the ear.  I am not sure if it ever produces
functional pollen.

Dave Weber

>I received an question via my webpage that I am unable to answer
>completely.  I would appreciate any insight anyone might provide or any
>sources that I might check.
>The client described "Corn on sale at the market today (5 cents an
>ear...what a shame for the farmer), found that several of the white corn
>ears had a stalk within the silks area that looked like a wheat shaft."
>No indication on percentage of ears affected was given.  It sounds like
>he is saying that the end of the ear looks more like a stalk than a
>cobb.  Any suggestions?
>Thank you for your time.
>Peggy Sellers
>Peggy R. Sellers, Ph.D.
>Director, Plant & Pest Diagnostic Lab
>Purdue University
>1155 LSPS
>West Lafayette, IN  47907-1155
>phone:  765-494-8081
>fax:    765-494-3958
>sellers at btny.purdue.edu

David Weber
Department of Biological Sciences
Campus box 4120
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-4120
Phone: 309-438-2685, FAX 309-438-3722, email dfweber at ilstu.edu
Visit my website at http://www.bio.ilstu.edu/weber/

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