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Crop Science Abstract -

Inheritance of a Light Seed Coat Color in Safflower1


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  1. Vol. 16 No. 5, p. 736-737
    Received: Oct 25, 1975

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  1. G.H. Abel2



Information was needed on the inheritance of seed coat color in safflower, Carthamus tinctorius L. Darker seed coats yield darker colored oils whereas the lighter colored ones yield the more desirable lighter colored oils.

A cream-colored seed coat parent was crossed to two dark seed coat parents. The inheritance was studied in the F1, F2, F3, and BC1 progeny. The data corroborate the hypothesis of a previous author that the trait for brown seed coat color, Lt, is dominant over that for light, lt. In addition, minor genes are present which influence color intensity. Current cultivars having dark to intermediate colored seed coats can be converted to light colored ones, however, the interaction of seed coat color to environmental is not known.

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