Hybrids vs OP varieties [Was: Genetic engineering is a Good Thing?]

Larry Caldwell 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 
new lines.

-- Larry

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