Morphological characteristics of pollen from triploid watermelon and its fate on stigmas in a hybrid crop production system

Erandi C. W. Subasinghe Arachchige, Lisa J. Evans, Ulrika Samnegard & Romina Rader
Hybrid crop production is more reliant on pollinators compared to open-pollinated crops because they require cross-pollination between a male-fertile and a male-sterile line. Little is known about how stigma receipt of pollen from male-sterile genotypes affects reproduction in hybrids. Non-viable and non-compatible pollen cannot fertilise plant ovules, but may still interfere with pollination success. Here we used seedless watermelon (Citrullus lanatus (Thunb.) Matsum. & Nakai) as a model hybrid plant, to evaluate the morphology, physiology,...
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