Hybrids vs OP varieties [Was: Genetic engineering is a Good Thing?]
larryc at teleport.com
Thu Sep 24 11:41:07 EST 1998
In article <UFtgsAADokB2Ewrd at upthorpe.demon.co.uk>,
Oz at upthorpe.demon.co.uk says...
> Just in passing there are now some hybrid wheats. Use a sterile male
> line, I believe.
The first wheat hybrids were developed in the 1960's. Wheat has a closed
flower and does not normally outcross. However, if you surgically remove
the male part of the flower and surgically introduce pollen from another
variety, you can develop a hybrid.
Outcrossing is usually just used to introduce genetic material to develop
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