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  • From: Anton Callaway <>
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  • Subject: Re: [nafex] OT a bit- Saving hybrid seed (corn)
  • Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:25:11 -0400 (GMT-04:00)


Corn breeders typically use elite inbreds to make their hybrid seed. They
are also very protective of their germplasm. I'd be more worried about legal
ramifications of saving the seed than inbreeding depression in the early
generations. Assuming that this is not a concern, in the F2 or F3 generation
where you would be initially growing, you will see a variety of phenotypes,
but not inbreeding depression yet. If you took care to save a population of
seed and especially if you brought in another germplasm into the mix, you
could save a pool of seed that preserves the characteristics you like without
having a huge yield penalty. I assume you don't plan to grow this corn for
commercial purposes. If not, a small yield penalty even many generations
down the road would likely not be noticeable to a home grower.

Just don't take it through single seed descent. Then you will definitely see
inbreeding depression in later generations.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Naomi Counides <>
>Sent: Jun 3, 2014 8:18 AM
>To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
>Subject: [nafex] OT a bit- Saving hybrid seed (corn)
>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
>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.
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