Date: Sunday, June 24, 2001 1:30 AM|
Subject: Re: Line breeding vs hybridization
I do not believe the reference to 'maize corn' (below) being only able to
reproduce with man`s assistance to be correct---in the wild, both the more
primitive ('wild') forms as well as the more 'advanced' (improved) forms of
maize/corn can and are 'planted' by the activities of wild animals, who
'open' the enclosing modified leaves to get at the seed/kernels contained
within, and a certain small percentage of these are dislodged by them to
fall and germinate, thus carrying on the plants lineage, as it was with the
original 'design'. Some dry seeds/kernels may have also passed through the
digestive tract of the large ancient (now extinct) herbivores to 'emerge'
and germinate in the now-readly available manure, as they still sometimes do
today with horses, deer and even sometimes cattle, whose chewing of their
cud may make this more unlikely.
>>In a message dated Fri, 22 Jun 2001 11:58:35 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
Jill Bell writes:
<< To me one of the best examples of ruining a species by hybridization are
meat cows. They need winches to pull out their young, they would not
survive in nature at all.
This is a tremendously interesting discussion!<<
within the husk until man frees them -- obviously incapable of perpetuating
itself in nature -- yet it has been thus for thousands of years.<<>>