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  Re: [aroid-l] self pollination of aroids
From: MossyTrail at cs.com on 2003.05.21 at 03:40:40(10276)
"Julius Boos" wrote:

>Dear Marc and Friends,
>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.

I presume you are referring to heterozygousness (heterozygosity?); that is, your one single plant has two forms of an allele. Then, when it self-pollinates, the alleles may be recombined to produce previously-hidden diversity. Sorry, I am having trouble expressing myself clearly tonite.

Jason Hernandez

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