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Delayed fertilization of early silking ovaries apparently allowed later-developing flowers to achieve greater potential, resulting in more successful tip kernel pollination.
Although our experiments were not done with inbreds, poor synchronization of pollen shed with silking in seed fields could result in situations where pollen becomes available when silks are older and less receptive, in a situation analogous to protogyny.
number of spikelets per ear) to (i) establish the relationship between spikelet initiation and silk initiation, (ii) characterize the pattern of silk elongation before and after silking, and (iii) evaluate the role of silk emergence (i.