The Use of Endosperm Genes for Sweet Corn Improvement

  • C. D. Boyer
  • J. C. Shannon


Sweet corn (forms of Zea mays L. eaten in the immature stage), one of the most popular vegetables in the United States, is grown in every state. In 1980 the annual value of sweet corn in the United States exceeded $114 million for processing (canning and freezing) and $149 million for fresh market. In the United States in 1980, 150,000 and 71,000 hectares were planted to sweet corn for processing and fresh market, respectively (USDA Statistical Reporting Service). These figures do not include the production and value of sweet corn grown in the home garden. By any measure, sweet corn is an important vegetable crop.


Gene Combination Sweet Corn Seedling Vigor Fresh Market Maize Endosperm 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. D. Boyer
    • 1
  • J. C. Shannon
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HorticultureRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  2. 2.Department of HorticultureThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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