Super thin pericarp, is it possible?
--Manki Baek, Wonkoo Lee, Heebong Lee, Heechung Ji and Bongho Choe
As one measure of developing hybrids with thin pericarp for human consumption, we have used
Korean local glutinous maize lines which have been traditionally used for human consumption. A few of
the lines collected and observed for thickness of pericarp shows pericarp the thickness of which ranges
from 25 to 40 millimicrons (most of the inbreds from the U.S. showed over 60 millimicrons). The
heritability estimated was also very high (over 70%). The thickness of pericarp after being peeled off
and dried was measured by micrometer using a microscope without any chemical treatment.
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