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Re: Fw: Line breeding vs hybridization corn/maize.
From: Lewandjim at aol.com on 2001.06.25 at 08:44:27(6875)|
In a message dated 6/24/2001 8:37:27 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
<< I do not believe the reference to 'maize corn' (below) being only able to
reproduce with man`s assistance to be correct---in the wild, both the more|
primitive ('wild') forms as well as the more 'advanced' (improved) forms of
maize/corn can and are 'planted' by the activities of wild animals, who
'open' the enclosing modified leaves to get at the seed/kernels contained
within, and a certain small percentage of these are dislodged by them to
fall and germinate, thus carrying on the plants lineage, as it was with the
original 'design'. >>
I think you are correct that maize can be disseminated by natural means but
to my knowledge maize has not been recognized as a natural species for nearly
half a century. When I was in college Dr. Charles Heiser was one of the
researchers. I remember his economic botany lectures going into great detail
into the bigeneric origin of maize - apparently created and nurtured into its
final form by Indians of southern Mexico and Central America.
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