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Posted by Serpwidgets on April 28, 2003 at 18:19:45:
In Reply to: Is this hypo? posted by h0mersimps0n on April 28, 2003 at 11:17:12:
Oranges are fruits. Doesn't mean all fruits are oranges. ;)
Hypos have less melanin than usual. Not all corns with less than usual melanin are "proper" hypos. :)
I also have a normal which is "more hypo-looking" than that... (probably two, I'll find out in a few weeks)
But yeah, as Marcel pointed out, "Hypomelanistic" is a term reserved for a corn that's expressing a specific genetic trait. Why, you ask? ;-)
It's also possible to achieve, through selective breeding, that "borderless" look (such as was done with sunglows) and to get rid of the dark longitudinal stripes... I believe Kathy Love has done this with her Okeetees.
The problems come in when you cross such a "hypo-looking" corn to a normal... You won't get "hets." And you won't end up with a predictable ratio of F2 "hypos." It gets really confusing.
So the reason for "reserving" the name like that is because when you get corns that are supposed to be expressing or het for "hypo" you should be reasonably sure that they'll produce hypos in predictable ratios. :)
(Only problem is that there are apparently several lines of hypo which at this point are possibly/probably incompatible with each other.)