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Pollen Viability

vincent Email2 at vinATrocketmailDOTcom.end
Thu May 28 19:18:32 EST 1998

Pollen germination media tend to be very species specific.  Some
species have pollen that germinates easily.  Others border on the
impossible.  So, I guess the question is: "What are you trying to

Ian Mackay <mac at lionseed.demon.co.uk> wrote:

>In article <356625AC.6DDF at mail.sunlink.net>, george davis
><gdavis34 at mail.sunlink.net> writes
>>Can anyone direct me to an assay to determine pollen viability? I
>>vaguely remember some assay involving agar plates, but can't remember
>>the composition of the medium. Thanks in advance.
>I don't have the following references to hand, but they sound as though
>they may offer some leads.
>Alexander MP.  1989. Differential staining of aborted and non-aborted
>pollen. Stain Technology vol 41 pp 117-122
>Hormaza JI and Herrero M 1996. Dynamics of pollen tube growth under
>different competition regimes. Sexual Plant Reproduction vol 9 pp
>Haldrup A and Bruun L. 1993 Self-incompatibility reactions and
>compatible pollen-tube growth are retained with in-vitro pollinations of
>suget beet. Sexual Plant Reproduction vol 6 46-51
>Ian Mackay

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