The segregation ratio of 3:1 shattering to nonshattering in the [F.sub.2] of the interspecific hybrids between F.
Fagopyrum homotropicum has the characteristic of seed shattering and F.
The [F.sub.3] lines derived from [F.sub.2] shattering plants were used for progeny testing to confirm observed [F.sub.2] segregation ratios.
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A uniform degree of shattering stress was achieved as the same technical assistant shed ten panicles simultaneously 10 times against the paper on the table, and scattered seeds were weighed (g [panicle.sup.-1]).
Variable seed yield needed square root transformation, while seed shattering and germination were arcsine-square root transformed.
The percentage of pods that dehisce and the amount of seed shattering increases as later-developing pods mature (MacDonald, 1946; Anderson, 1955).
Relative humidity has been reported to be the most critical factor influencing pod dehiscence and seed shattering (Anderson, 1955; Metcalfe et al., 1957).
This delayed shattering
is very unusual in a brittle material, Green says.
PSR23 was developed by one cycle of mass selection and two generations of inbreeding and selection for reduced seed shattering in the VL50 [C.sub.0] population resulting from a C.
The reduced shattering phenotype of one of the selected plants (PSR5) was superior to that of the other selected plants.