Optimizing the Pollen Value and Supply Chain

Viable pollen is crucial for obtaining high fruit and seed yield. Producing pollen is a cornerstone in hybrid seed production and for supplemental pollination of fruit orchards.

For most crops, producing pollen for artificial pollination entails several steps. At every stage of this process, pollen viability is influenced by various external factors like temperature, humidity, light and others.

To save highly valuable resources, the monitoring of pollen viability throughout the pollen value and supply chain, during breeding as well as in production operations, enables data-driven decision making to:

Determine the Ideal Timing to Collect Pollen

Pollen viability changes from day to day, from hour to hour and depends on many external factors. By identifying the optimal harvest timepoint, you can make sure to only collect pollen within your desired viability range.

  • Determine the best time to collect high-quality pollen
  • Optimize growth conditions
  • Benefit from the only technology that allows analytics of short-lived pollen

With the Ampha Z32 Pollen Analyzer you can assess the viability of your pollen faster than with any other assay. It is highly recommendable for short-lived pollen like wheat, where other methods fail.

We are happy to show you how to determine the ideal timing for pollen harvest!

Wheat pollen in wheat field
Corn pollen in corn field
Sorghum field

Select the Best Pollen Batches

Pollen viability can vary even within a field of identical lines or species. The determination of pollen quality with the Ampha Z32 Pollen Analyzer is so fast and easy that you can divide your batch in smaller units and determine the viability of each unit. Hence, you can select the best lots to obtain the ideal viability level for high-yielding pollination.

  • Obtain an optimum seed set with the selection of the right pollen batches
  • Take advantage of a rapid and easy routine pollen analysis method

 The determination of pollen viability with the Ampha Z32 is a fast, easy and reproducible method to evaluate pollen quality at any stage of your process.

We are happy to show you how to select the best pollen batches.

Pepper flower
Tomato flower
Cucumber and cucumber flower

Improve Pollen Preservation Conditions

For some species, pollen storage is a cornerstone of seed production. Due to the high sensitivity of pollen to external influences, the right conditions during storage are crucial. With the Ampha Z32 Pollen Analyzer, you can easily check pollen viability under different conditions and determine the optimal storage parameters for your material.

  • Develop and optimize storage conditions to maintain high pollen viability
  • Prevent low seed yield due to inappropriate storage conditions

 The determination of pollen viability with the Ampha Z32 is a fast, easy and reproducible method to evaluate pollen quality at any stage of your process.

We are happy to show you how to validate your pollen storage conditions.

Sunflowers in greenhouse
Apples on tree
Corn tassels with corn pollen

Make Sure Transport Conditions Do Not Harm Pollen Quality

Preserving pollen viability during transportation and using comparable analytical methods is important for international seed production operations and breeding programs. In many cases pollen needs to be transported from the pollen production location to the pollination site. The conditions during transport have a high impact on pollen viability. To ensure global quality control, reproducible and location-independent analytical methods are indispensable. 

  • Use a location-independent and reproducible analytical method
  • Ensure globally standardized pollen quality control
  • Validate and optimize transport conditions

With the Ampha Z32 Pollen Analyzer you can ensure standardized pollen quality control along your pollen supply chain.

We are happy to show you how to validate your pollen transport conditions.

Petunia
Garlic flowering

Determine the Minimum Viability Threshold for an Optimum Seed Set

For many species, hybrid seeds are obtained by artificial cross pollination, a resource-intensive practice. A high seed set can only be obtained with high-quality pollen. To allow for the best result, only pollen exceeding a minimum viability threshold should be used.

  • Determine the line-specific pollen viability threshold for optimal seed yield
  • Reduce losses in seed set by applying pollen at threshold viability
  • Ensure target viability of diluted pollen batches

The Ampha Z32 Pollen Analyzer allows for a fast, reproducible and highly accurate determination of the viability of your pollen.

We are happy to show you how to determine your minimum viability threshold needed to obtain an optimum seed yield.

Tomato in greenhouse
Corn cobbs
Pepper

Ensure High Seed and Fruit Yield

Effective pollination is indispensable for seed and fruit production. Asynchronous flowering of pollinator trees in the orchard, rising temperatures and droughts, as well as the decline of natural insect pollinators severely affect this biological process and can cause significant loss in tree nut and fruit production.

  • Increase seed set and fruit yield by ensuring pollination with high-quality pollen
  • Ensure quality control of pollen sourced from external suppliers

With the Ampha Z32 Pollen Analyzer you can determine the viability of your pollen faster than with any other method.

We are happy to show you how pollen quality analysis can provide value to your pollen supply chain.

Almonds in an almond orchard
Date palm with fruits
Kiwi fruit on tree

What Our Customers Say

Dr. Ewa Shreepaathy, Rijk Zwaan Breeding B.V.

«Thanks to the expertise of Amphasys with pollen analysis, we were able to identify the minimum pollen quality required for optimum seed set for individual tomato lines.»

Todd Krone of PowerPollen

Todd Krone, CEO of PowerPollenSM

“We use the instrument to check pollen quality before pollination, to improve pollen preservation and for rescue pollinations when natural pollination was not sufficient to get a good seed yield.”

Downloads

Pollen
Brochure
Viability & Count Application Review
Corn Pollen Application Review
PLOS Article on Pollen Analysis
Chapter 25 on Analysis Protocols
Wheat
Corn
Potato
Palm