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new method analyzes corn kernel characteristics

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new method analyzes corn kernel characteristics

kernel maps of all maize ears. if no multi-counts occurred, the kernels are shown in black. in case of multi-counts, the kernels are shown in grey, and the multi-counted kernels in black. credit: university of illinoisan ear of corn averages about 800 kernels. a traditional field method to estimate the number of kernels on the ear is to manually count the number of rows and multiply by the number of kernels in one length of the ear. with the help of a new imaging machine developed at the university of illinois breeders can learn the number of kernels per ear, plus a lot more information than can be manually observed. "if you take that same ear of corn into a lab, you can take the same approach but use an imaging system to get a more acc...