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The effect of pollen of 4 different male palms belonging to Phoenix dactylifera, L. upon the time of maturity and the quality of ‘Zehdi’ date fruit was studied. It was found that pollen from both ‘Ghannami’ and ‘Werdi’ shortened the yellowing time of the Khalal stage and increased the percentage of matured fruit of the ‘Zehdi’ palms. Pollen from both ‘Rissasi’ and ‘Werdi’ resulted in increased fruit setting compared with the other two males. Fruit pollinated with ‘Werdi’ had the lowest percentage of seed weight (the highest edible portion). Fruit pollinated with ‘Ghannami’ pollen had the highest percentage of soluble solids. According to the results obtained in this experiment, it is possible to consider both ‘Ghannami’ and ‘Werdi’ as better male varieties than ‘Rissasi’ and ‘Simsimi’.

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