Scientific Plant Breeding


    SO much attention has been directed to the purely scientific advance that has followed the birth of Genetics as a new branch of science that little regard has been paid to the very remarkable results already reached by the application of Men-delian methods to the problems of economic plant production. It is necessary to distinguish somewhat sharply between the facts which Mendel was the first to discover, and the hypotheses which have, been put forward to explain these facts. The practical plant breeder is not primarily concerned with the theory of the subject; the Mendelian fact of grand importance to him is that unit characters do segregate, and that new combinations of these characters can be made.

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    Scientific Plant Breeding. Nature 101, 405–407 (1918).

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