fertility of triploids

william.a.stafford bky at cbnewsf.cb.att.com
Mon Dec 14 17:35:17 EST 1992

   Are all triploids always sterile?  I was planning try my hand at Magnolia
breeding this spring.  In the course of doing some research on the plants
that I had intended to use as parents I found that one was a triploid.
   I was under the impression that triploids are sterile but I recently
read that triploids of some plants can be self fertile and can also
produce fertile pollen.
   Can anyone clear this up?  Thanks.

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