Coconuts and corn
msachs at uiuc.edu
Fri Aug 13 16:58:43 EST 1999
In article <37B3F0DF.EF1018F7 at worldnet.att.net>, Steve Hinkson
<sphinkson at worldnet.att.net> wrote:
> Yes john, you're right. The corn you eat off the cob is also a seed that is
> eaten unripe. The sweetness is in the liquid endosperm, just as in a
> coconut. When corn's ripe, it's starchy.
Actually, 'the corn you eat off the cob' is usually a mutant that has a
defect in starch synthesis. In one such mutant (sh2 - used in the
super-sweet varieties), the kernels remain sweet even after they mature
and dry down (giving the shrunken kernel phenotype).
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