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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Pecan Kernel Color: Standards Using Munsell Color Chips

item Thompson, Tommy
item Grauke, Larry
item Young, JR., E.

Submitted to: HortScience
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 1, 1995
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: The Munsell Color System was used to study pecan [Carya illinoinensis (Wangenh.)K. Koch] kernel colors and color changes for 21 clones, 11 locations, and five storage methods for nuts collected over 4 years. Hue readings ranged from 10.0 (10 red) to 22.5 (2.5 yellow). Value readings ranged from 2.0 to 8.0, and chroma readings ranged from 1.0 to 8.0. A total of 91 classes (individual combinations of hue, value, and chroma) were needed to describe all kernel colors. Overall, one class [15.0/5/4 (hue/value/chroma)] accounted for 3979 of the 32,078 readings taken, and the 15 most common classes accounted for 80.7% of all the readings. This system of color determination was well-suited for pecan color determinations and continues to be used routinely as a part of our breeding and genetics program to define this important quality trait in pecan

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