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Seed Set Patterns in East African Highland Cooking Bananas Are Dependent on Weather before, during and after Pollination
Seed set in banana is influenced by weather, yet the key weather attributes and the critical period of influence are unknown. We therefore investigated the influence of weather during floral development for a better ...
Application of Pollen Germination Media on Stigmas during Pollination Increases Seed Set in East African Highland Cooking Bananas (Musa spp.)
Seed set in East African Highland Cooking bananas (EAHBs) is extremely low and therefore hampers breeding. Pollen–pistil interaction is a key contributing factor. We assessed the effect of pollen germination media (PGM) ...
Early Withering of Enlarged Ovules in Pollinated Fruits of Bananas (Musa spp.) Suggest Abortion after Fertilization
Sterility in edible bananas is as a result of a long history of anthropogenic-driven selection for sterile genotypes, since seed is not desirable in fruit pulp for human consumption. However, this poses a challenge to ...
Glucose performs better than fructose, sucrose, and diluted nectar for germination of banana pollen
Poor stigma receptivity is one of the limitations to seed set in East African Highland Bananas (EAHBs) that constrains their improvement through conventional breeding. This study aimed at identifying a suitable pollen ...
Seed Set Patterns in East African Highland Cooking Bananas Show Asymmetric Distribution in Bunches and Fruits
Low female fertility in bananas is the biggest hurdle for banana breeding. The aim of this study was to determine seed set patterns in East African Highland Cooking bananas (EAHBs) to inform future decisions on a more ...
Use of timelapse photography to determine flower opening time and pattern in banana (Musa spp.) for efficient hand pollination
(Scientific Reports, 2021)
Sterility and low seed set in bananas is the main challenge to their conventional genetic improvement. The first step to seed set in a banana breeding program depends on pollination at the right time to ensure effective ...