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  • From: Melissa Kacalanos <>
  • To: nafex mailing list at ibiblio <>
  • Subject: Re: [nafex] OT a bit- Saving hybrid seed (corn)
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 09:02:45 -0400

Corn suffers severely from inbreeding depression, so the only varieties worth
growing are hybrids (crosses between two inbred parents) or populations with
enough genetic diversity to be vigorous. It would take a pretty big field to
maintain enough genetic diversity in a population, and you're not going to
get it by starting with one hybrid.

Gardeners have had some luck stabilizing hybrids of, say, tomatoes, since
they don't suffer from inbreeding depression so much. But not corn.


Sent from my iPhone (pardon my brevity).

> On Jun 3, 2014, at 8:18 AM, "Naomi Counides" <> wrote:
> I made a last minute decision to plant some sweet corn. Found a 2007
> package of Tuxedo in the bottom of my seed box. Pre-sprouted it and it
> worked. So I planted it. Then I looked up Tuxedo. I found that it was a
> smut resistant yellow sweet corn with good tip cover and good eating
> qualities, Sugar Enhanced hybrid and the only seed source is in England.
> <
> 48> &product_id=1348 So. if I want to try and save seed from this year and
> maybe work toward stabilizing it, what are my challenges? How should I
> proceed?
> Or, I am not really that hooked into it. I would settle for the name of
> another smut resistant yellow or bicolor sweet corn that tastes very good.
> Naomi
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