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  Re: [aroid-l] self pollination of aroids
From: "Julius Boos" ju-bo at msn.com> on 2003.05.20 at 09:28:30(10275)
Dear Marc and Friends,

Thank you for your most informative and interesting comments! I think we
both agree completely without realizing it! I am not an expert on these
matters, but was trying to determine/illustrate that apomixis was at least
as good and perhaps better than self-pollination, as perhaps there was more
and different genetic material available in apomixis for continued and later
cross-pollination in a population of plants that were started by just one
good seed originally produced from cross-pollination, but growing all by
itself in a remote area. I thought that perhaps reproduction by apomixis
(vs. cross-pollination) until there were a few plants in this new population
to enable cross-pollination to begin may be 'the better of two evils' as it
were, but obviously not as 'good' as cross-pollination in a large and
thereby very genetically variable population.


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