The Food Properties of Flint and Dent Maize

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1959
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Ellis, R.T.
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In deciding the policy for maize breeding in Nyasaland the question of whether to breed for a flint or a dent maize was of first Importance. The essential difference between these two types is in the distribution of areas of different density of starch granules in the endosperm tissue of the grain. Where the granules are tightly packed the tissue is hard and corneous and does not shrink on drying. Where the granules are less dense the tissue is softer and floury and shrinks on drying.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, XXIV (No. 4), pp. 251-253
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