FASCICLED EAR (Fa), a dominant ZEA MAYS L. mutant effecting the form of the inflorescence, was treated with aqueous solutions of a-naphthaleneacetic acid, indoleacetic acid, gibberellic acid, maleic hydrazide and triiodobenzoic acid every three days from the seedling stage until tassel emergence. The mutant responded to a-naphthaleneacetic acid and indoleactic acid in such a manner that certain treated plants developed a normal-appearing ear and tassel. The idea that an ear and tassel shoot meristem is a "plastic" system genetically programmed at specific points in development through a hormonal balance is discussed.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1968 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Orr, Alan R.
"Experimental Induction of a Normal Morphological Phenocopy of an Inflorescence in a Zea. Mays L. Mutant,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 75(1), 69-77.
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