Are there "Identical Twin" plants?
starrett at cstl.semo.edu
Mon Dec 18 09:50:34 EST 2000
At 08:24 PM 12/15/2000, George Hammond wrote:
> I am a Physicist not a Biologist. I have a simple
>question about asexual plants.
>1. Is this "theoretically" possible?
>2. Has anyone ever done it?
>As far as research is concerned, this would be the equivalent
>of "Identical Twins" testing in Psychology... only now we
>would have a database consisting of MILLIONS of Identical Twin
>Potatoes. Is this correct?
> The reason I ask, is that the question has come up as to
>whether you can actually PROVE that there is such a thing as
>a "growth curve variation" which is ABSOLUTELY INDEPENDENT
>of "genetics". It seems to me, simply measuring the yearly
>crop yield variation in such a planting of "Identical Twin
>Potatoes" would prove that such a thing exists. Has this
>already been proven. Is it a commonly known biological
>fact of Plant Biology?
Many tree crops are clones. For example, the Haas variety of avocado ALL
derives (cloned) from a single tree in the front yard of a family in
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