Hybrid Seed

Hybrid seed is planted to produce a crop that is harvested for use. Saving seed from the crop and planting it is undesirable because the two different versions of the genes in the F1 hybrid segregate out in the offspring, producing an extremely variable progeny. In other words, the superior qualities of the F1 hybrid will have all disappeared. The hybrid is obtained by crossing the inbred lines, which therefore, have to be separately maintained. Thus, only the seed companies produce hybrid seeds, and farmers must buy those seeds from the company every year........Read More


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