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Isolation Techniques for Seed Saving


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Isolation techniques for seed saving and preserving the characteristics of varieties in subsequent generations, including hand-pollination, mesh barriers and isolation by distance. Video is here:

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Isolation Techniques for Seed Saving

  1. 1. ISOLATION TECHNIQUES Seed Savers Exchange Grant Olson
  2. 2. Our mission is to save North America’s diverse, but endangered, garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, while educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity.
  3. 3. Seed saving is the process of saving seeds from open- pollinated fruits, vegetables, grains, flower s & herbs. Open-pollinated varieties are maintained by allowing pollen to flow only between plants of the same variety. When pollen flows between different varieties within the same species, this is known as cross-pollination.
  4. 4. Cross-pollinated seed is not ideal for seed saving. Some form of isolation may be necessary to prevent cross- pollination between plants of different varieties within the same species. Depending on your plants and your environment, isolation may not be required.
  5. 5. (flower structure) anther produces pollen seeds form in ovary after fertilization stigma receives pollen
  6. 6. grow only one variety
  7. 7. distance
  8. 8. Self-Pollinating, Perfect Flowers
  9. 9. Self-Pollinating, Perfect Flowers
  10. 10. Self-Pollinating, Perfect Flowers
  11. 11. Insect-Pollinated, Perfect Flowers
  12. 12. Insect-Pollinated, Perfect Flowers
  13. 13. Insect-Pollinated, Perfect Flowers
  14. 14. Insect-Pollinated, Imperfect Flowers
  15. 15. Insect-Pollinated, Monoecious Plants
  16. 16. Insect-Pollinated, Monoecious Plants
  17. 17. Insect-Pollinated, Monoecious Plants
  18. 18. Insect-Pollinated, Monoecious Plants
  19. 19. Wind-Pollinated, Monoecious Plants
  20. 20. Wind-Pollinated, Dioecious Plants
  21. 21. Insect-Pollinated, Self-Incompatible Plants
  22. 22. Wind-Pollinated, Self-Incompatible Plants
  23. 23. time
  24. 24. Is physical isolation required? • are different varieties of your crop/species being grown within the pollination zone? • are these different varieties flowering at the same time as your plants?
  25. 25. barriers for self-pollinating plants
  26. 26. barriers for self-pollinating plants
  27. 27. barriers for insect-pollinated plants
  28. 28. barriers for insect-pollinated plants
  29. 29. barriers for insect-pollinated plants
  30. 30. barriers for wind-pollinated plants
  31. 31. for more information: Seed to Seed, Suzanne Ashworth The Organic Seed Grower, John Navazio A Seed Saving Guide for Gardeners and Farmers, OSA SSE Webinars