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Yield and composition of eared and earless maize plants in a selfed line segregating barren stalks
- Garber, R.J., Dustman, R.B., Burnham, C.R.
- Agronomy journal 1936 v.28 no.2 pp. 85-91
- Zea mays, crop yield, genetic improvement, strains, leaves, stems, weight, proximate composition, carbohydrates, chemical constituents of plants, selfing, Kansas
- A study was made of the weights and composition of plants and plant parts of normally eared and earless individuals in the same selfed strain of corn. "Earless" behaved as a monohybrid recessive. The stems and leaves of the earless plants weighed more and contained a higher percentage of sugars than did the stems and leaves of the eared plants. With respect to entire plants, the eared individuals weighed significantly more and contained a higher percentage of total carbohydrates and of ether extract than the earless individuals. The percentage of crude protein was somewhat greater in the earless plants.