Re: Question about how to save legume seeds #NewSeedLibrary #SeedSaving #SeedQuality #NativeSeeds #ResilientGardens
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Peas and beans (except favas and runners) are extremely self-fertile, which means they tend to pollinate themselves. So cross-pollination would be low even if planted close together.
Mendel's choice of peas to do his research was great because they are extremely self-fertile. He had to manually remove the male parts and hand-pollinate. I spoke with plant breeder Alan Kapuler (a.k.a. Mushroom) of Peace Seeds who actively breeds peas a few years ago because I wanted to do a pea breeding project with my middle school students. (Check out some of his offerings at Peace Seeds.) He said peas are a total pain to work with because they are self-fertile and you have to work with those small flower bits to cross. Here's a little education video about peas and genetics from TedEd.
Peas and justice,
On Tue, Aug 11, 2020 at 8:40 AM ghgiaoer <grimcat23@...> wrote:
Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library
Planting seeds for the just and sustainable future.
I acknowledge that my home sits within the 'Huichin' land today that is the unceded traditional ancestral homelands of the Huichin, an Ohlone people.