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Plants cloned as seeds – reproducing hybrids conventionally [Registered]

Plants have for the first time been cloned as seeds. The research by a University of California Davis plant scientists and their international collaborators, published 18 February ’11 in the journal Science, is a major step towards making hybrid crop plants that can retain favourable traits from generation to generation. Most successful crop cultivars are hybrids. But when hybrids go through sexual reproduction, their traits, such as fruit size or frost resistance, get scrambled and may be lost. “We’re trying to make a hybrid that breeds true so that plants grown from the seed would be genetically identical to one…

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