Short-term storage of cotton pollen

TitleShort-term storage of cotton pollen
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsGaray B.R., Barrow J.R.
JournalPlant Cell Reports
Date Published1986

Several methods of storing cotton pollen (Gossypium hirsutum L.) were evaluated. A successful pollen storage method that maintains fertility would enhance the crossing of breeding materials. Storing pollen at ultra-low temperatures in liquid nitrogen or at 5°C was not successful. No storage method maintained pollen fertility for more than 72 h. Cotton pollen did maintain adequate fertility up to 24 h at 10 and 15°C, at both low and high humidity when the pollen was stored in the detached flowers. Minimally acceptable pollen fertility was maintained in flowers stored at 15°C at 100% R.H. for 72 h. Use of these methods will allow for better utilization of parental plants when both parents do not flower on the same days.