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Table 3 Number of normal and abnormal embryos at different days after pollination in four water lotus crosses

From: Factors influencing fecundity in experimental crosses of water lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) cultivars

Crosses Days after pollination Developmental stages of embryo Percentage of normal embryo (%)
GA 1 Globular embryo 58.8 ± 6.3a
  2 Heart embryo 44.4 ± 5.6b
4 Cotyledon embryo 30.8 ± 4.1c
11 25.0 ± 3.8d
AG 1 Globular embryo 26.8 ± 3.3a
  2 Heart embryo 20.5 ± 2.8b
4 Cotyledon embryo 15.2 ± 2.1c
11 11.3 ± 2.4d
MQ 1 Globular embryo 9.6 ± 1.9a
  2 Heart embryo 5.2 ± 1.2b
4 Cotyledon embryo 4.7 ± 1.4b
11 1.5 ± 0.3c
QM 1 Globular embryo 7.6 ± 1.8a
  2 Heart embryo 4.1 ± 1.1b
4 Cotyledon embryo 3.1 ± 0.5b
11 0c
  1. Values (mean ± standard deviation) followed by the same letter are not significantly different at α = 0.05 with the Bonferroni t-test. GA, ‘Guili’ (pollen receptor) × ‘Aijiangnan’ (pollen donor), AG, ‘Aijiangnan’ (pollen receptor) × ‘Guili’ (pollen donor); MQ, ‘Molingqiuse’ (pollen receptor) × ‘Qinhuaiyanzhi’ (pollen donor); QM, ‘Qinhuaiyanzhi’ (pollen receptor) × ‘Molingqiuse’ (pollen donor).