Translucent kernel syndrome

Martha G James mgjames at iastate.edu
Thu Sep 16 18:14:08 EST 1999


Bob,
Very interesting phenomenon.  I, too, was wondering if the translucent
kernels have a viable embryo.  Also,  were there any common chemical
applications to these fields - and if so, was there a component that could
serve as a mimic of a plant hormone?
-Martha James


>An interesting phenomenon has been reported throughout the eastern Corn Belt
>of the U.S. in recent weeks that has no obvious diagnosis.  I would like to
>hear ideas from the Maize news group about possible causes for what I am
>calling, for lack of better descriptions, the Translucent Kernel Syndrome.
>I've described the phenomenon in a recent newsletter article published on
>the Web at
>
>http://www.kingcorn.org/news/articles.99/990903.html
>
>
>Two possibilities have been raised as to causes: 1) parthenocarpy and 2) a
>defective kernel mutant.
>
>I am also interested in whether others have seen or are seeing this symptom.
>
>Thanks,
>
>:>)bob
>
>From:
>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>Dr. R.L. (Bob) Nielsen
>Professor of Agronomy
>Agronomy Department/Purdue University
>West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1150
>
>Office ph. 765 494 4802
>Dept. FAX 765 496 2926
>Campus Email: rnielsen at purdue.edu
>Home Email: nielsen at gte.net
>
>Check out the Corn Growers Guidebook at...
>http://www.kingcorn.org
>~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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Dr. Martha G. James
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Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology
2152 Molecular Biology Building
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011
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