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A Quantitative Sampling Method for Airborne Sweet Corn Pollen under Field Conditions1


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  1. Vol. 24 No. 2, p. 375-377
    Received: Apr 26, 1983

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  1. P. K. Flottum,
  2. D. C. Robacker and
  3. E. H. Erickson Jr.2



The rate of pollen dehiscence in a sweet corn (Zea mays L.) plot was measured using a Rotorod Sample®. Samples were taken from 0700 to 1230 h for 3 days during anthesis. Totals were averaged over the 3 days, and the resulting composite data were used to develop a sampling protocol accurate for determining the rate of pollen release. Results showed that a 10-min sampling period, with a frequency of at least once every half hour was required to accurately reflect the pollen release rate.

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