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The race between foxtail millet and green foxtail continues

At 32 days after planting, the wild species (Setaria viridis, A10.1, green foxtail) takes a commanding lead in life cycle over the domesticated crop (Setaria italica, foxtail millet).

 

Domesticated foxtail millet on the left, wild green foxtail on the right. Both 32 days after planting.

Domesticated foxtail millet on the left, wild green foxtail on the right. Both 32 days after planting.

But don’t despair, you fans of working with domesticated species: Foxtail millet still have a good chance of taking the lead in the generations per year game. After they are harvested seeds from that green foxtail plant won’t be ready to germinate for months, while the foxtail millet seeds can be planted as soon as they are mature enough to harvest.

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