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Sexual transfer of specific genes without gametic fusion

Naturevolume 256pages310313 (1975) | Download Citation



THE most common method of combining genes from two organisms is by sexual hybridisation. In plant breeding, however, a variety can often be improved considerably by introducing only one or a small number of specific genes. Elimination of accompanying undesirable characteristics normally requires several generations of backcrossing and selection which may greatly prolong the breeding period. Here I describe experimental results which suggest a possible new technique for more rapid transfer of desired genes between two organisms.

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  1. Genetics Unit, Grasslands Division, DSIR, Palmerston North, New Zealand

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