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Like sweet corn, they have sugary endosperms containing 30 percent glycogen as well as grains that shrivel when dry.
Both types produce floury grains with small and soft endosperms, a feature that makes them more susceptible to birds, fungi, and insects.
Thus, most of the embryos and endosperms in the kernels on ears produced by the described cross started development with a newly ruptured end of the short arm of chromosome 9 in both embryo and endosperm.
Plasma: naked, slimy, formless yet endlessly forming; a viscous colloidal mixture of complicated endosperms and inorganic materials.
If this is so, and the endosperm like the embryo is normally the product of a sexual act, hybridization will give a hybrid endosperm as it does a hybrid embryo, and herein (it is suggested) we may have the explanation of the phenomenon of xenia observed in the mixed endosperms of hybrid races of maize and other plants, regarding which it has only been possible hitherto to assert that they were indications of the extension of the influence of the pollen beyond the egg and its product.