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Learn Introductory plant breeding with Braimy- B.Sc agriculture
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  • Mode of reproduction determines the genetic constitution of crop plants, that is, whether the plants are normally homozygous or heterozygous.
  • This, in turn, determines the goal of a breeding programme.
  • If the crop plants are naturally homozygous, e.g., as in self-pollinators like wheat, a homozygous line would be desirable as a variety.
  • But if the plants are heterozygous naturally, e.g., as in cross-pollinators like Maize, a heterozygous population has to be developed as a variety.
  • Consequently, the breeding methods have to be vastly different for the two groups of crop plants.
  • A knowledge of the mode of reproduction of crop plants is also important for making artificial hybrids.
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