Effect of pollen storage by drying and deep-freezing on the expression of different agronomic traits in maize (Zea mays L.)

B. Barnabas, G. Kovacs, A. Abranyi, P. Pfahler

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Pollen from the inbred maize line HMv 1645 was used to study the effect of pollen treatments (drying and deep-freezing) on the phenotypic performance of the next generation. Fresh and artificially dried pollen samples with different water contents (56%, 18%, 13% and 10%) were used for sib pollinations immediately after collection or drying. Samples containing low amounts of water were then stored in liquid nitrogen for 7 days. Fertilization ability of the samples with 13% water was the highest after storage. Plant characteristics of the next generation originated from the seeds set by differently treated (fresh, dried to 13% water and deep-frozen) pollen were examined and statistically analysed. Pollen treatments due to the pollen storage procedure did not cause detectable changes in quantitative characters of the next generation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-225
Number of pages5
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1988



  • Zea mays
  • agronomic traits
  • deep-freezing
  • drying
  • maize
  • pollen storage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture

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