International Sugar Journal

Mendel’s genetics in a complex genome in the genomics era* [Full subscriber]

Mendel’s 1865 paper ‘Experiments in Plant Hybridisation’ would later transform the study of inheritance, and usher in the new science of genetics. The study was the outcome of eight years of experimentation using a plant species and phenotypic traits carefully selected to be suitable to generate useable results: ‘The value and utility of any experiment are determined by the fitness of the material to the purpose for which it is used, and thus in the case before us it cannot be immaterial what plants are subjected to experiment and in what manner such experiment is conducted.’ Beyond his ‘Laws’ of…

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