A Practical Guide to Barley Crossing

William T. B. Thomas (Lead / Corresponding author), Hazel Bull, Allan Booth, Ruth Hamilton, Brian P. Forster, Jerome D. Franckowiak

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Barley is naturally an inbreeding hermaphrodite plant so that each generation resembles its parental generation. New variation can be introduced by crossing parents that complement each other for desirable or target characteristics but requires human intervention to ensure that all the resulting seeds are hybrids of the two parents. That means that plants selected to be female parents have to be emasculated and are then fertilized with pollen from plants selected to be male parents. Here we describe how to emasculate and pollinate barley plants with a method that can be used either in the glasshouse or in the field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBarley
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
EditorsWendy A. Harwood
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781493989447
ISBN (Print)9781493989423
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Anthers
  • Barley
  • Emasculation
  • Pollination
  • Spikelets

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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