Immature kernel (seed) of corn

Immature kernel (seed) of corn

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Caption: Immature maize seed. Coloured Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of a developing seed of maize, Zea mays. Maize, known also as corn, is the third most important cereal in the World after wheat and rice. Here, an immature seed (kernel) appears oval in shape, with a hairy cellular surface. The longer hairs (at centre) occur at a split in the surface where the "silk" once protruded. The "silk" is a string-like style which is associated with each female ovary and down which the pollen tube grows to fertilise the egg. Once the egg is fertilised, the "silk" is discarded as the egg grows into a seed. Many seeds are produced on the maize cob. Magnification: x70 at 4x5 inch size.

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Keywords: botany, corn, immature, kernel, maize, nature, part, parts, plant, plants, reproduction, reproductive, seed, structure, type, zea mays

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