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Production, Evaluation, and Selection of Elite Quality Protein Popcorn (QPP) Hybrids

Leandra Marshall Parsons, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


In 2017, twelve Quality Protein Popcorn (QPP) inbred lines were developed and selected as premier dent by popcorn crosses fit for hybridization and testing. These QPP inbred lines were derived from specific Quality Protein dent Maize (QPM) by ConAgra Brands® popcorn line crosses to produce high lysine, vitreous popcorn lines capable of near-equal popping characteristics compared to the original popcorn parents. The QPP hybridization project commenced in the summer of 2018 utilizing these 12 inbred QPP lines and crossing them in a full diallel. Since then, the production of QPP hybrids has employed a diverse set of selection factors evaluating agronomic, popping quality, protein quality, and sensory traits. In 2021, six QPP hybrids were selected for continued evaluation based on agronomic, protein, and popping characteristics, and two QPP hybrids were ultimately selected based on the results from a sensory study.

Subject Area

Plant sciences|Food Science|Agronomy

Recommended Citation

Parsons, Leandra Marshall, "Production, Evaluation, and Selection of Elite Quality Protein Popcorn (QPP) Hybrids" (2021). ETD collection for University of Nebraska-Lincoln. AAI28409905.