Bothered by Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Oct 15, 2011 15:43:07 GMT -5
Post by Joseph Lofthouse on Oct 15, 2011 15:43:07 GMT -5
I haven't noticed any problems with pollination, even though only 30% of the flowers are providing all of the pollen.
I modified the last photo in the previous post by adding a magenta colored pentagon around one carrot flower. As far as I can tell without a dissecting microscope, they are normal five petaled flowers with male and female parts, just tiny, and a whole bunch of them massed together.
I'll eliminate the male sterile carrots from my garden next summer. Then whenever new carrot seeds or roots come into my garden they will be screened before getting added to my carrot landrace.
I had some onions go to seed that I wasn't planning on. Pollination percentage was abysmal. They are obviously male sterile.
I'll learn how to identify male sterility in every crop that I grow, and weed out any affected plants. I'll screen all new germplasm that comes into my garden. I'll grow my own seed. I'm hereby adapting the same philosophy towards seeds that I have towards canning... It is not cost effective to can my own food, it is less expensive to buy it. But if I bottle it myself I know what went into it and where it came from, and I'm not contributing financially to organizations that are harming me.
I'll modify my web sites to eliminate the recommendation that F1 hybrids or grocery store varieties be used to create landraces. I'll write an article about how to identify and eliminate male cytoplasmic sterility for many species.