The Relationship between Pollen Load and Fruit Maturation and the Effect of Pollen Load on Offspring Vigor in Cucurbita pepo

@article{Winsor1987TheRB,
  title={The Relationship between Pollen Load and Fruit Maturation and the Effect of Pollen Load on Offspring Vigor in Cucurbita pepo},
  author={James A. Winsor and L. E. Davis and Andrew G. Stephenson},
  journal={The American Naturalist},
  year={1987},
  volume={129},
  pages={643 - 656}
}
In order to examine the relationships among the size of the pollen load, the number of seeds per fruit, the probability of fruit maturation, and offspring quality, we experimentally varied, by hand-pollinations, the number of pollen grains deposited onto stigmas of the common zucchini squash (Cucurbita pepo). We found that differences in the size of the pollen load (low, medium, and high) translate into significant differences in the number of seeds per fruit; moreover, fruits with high seed… 

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