Effects of soil nitrogen on pollen production, pollen grain size, and pollen performance in Cucurbita pepo (Cucurbitaceae)

Lau Tak-Cheung Lau, A. G. Stephenson

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Abstract

Soil nitrogen treatment had a significant effect on most measures of reproductive output through the female function. The nitrogen treatment did not affect the number of staminate flowers per plant but did have an effect on the number of pollen grains per staminate flower and the mean pollen grain size. Pollen produced by plants in the high nitrogen treatment sired significantly more seeds than pollen from low nitrogen plants. The high nitrogen pollen sired even a greater percentage of seeds in the region of fruit (ovary) previously shown to be fertilized by the fastest growing pollen tubes. Thus, the difference in the number of seeds sired by pollen from the two nitrogen treatments is due to differences in pollen performance. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)763-768
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican journal of botany
Volume80
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science

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