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Genetically modified crops - February issue

Monique Reed monique at bio.tamu.edu
Mon Feb 1 16:02:24 EST 1999

F1 is just short hand for "first filial generation", the result of any sexual 
cross.  Cross two F1's and get the F2, etc.  Crossing an offspring back to one 
of the parents is a "backcross."

Grafted plants (almost always) are not true hybrids--the stock retains all the 
properties of the stock and the scion (what is grafted on) retains all its own 
genetic properties, though it may be influenced by the stock with regard to 
height, etc.  If I remember correctly, true mixing of scion and stock tissue 
is very, very rare and is usually confined to the area right around the 
graft--and even then it's probably more a case of mixed cell types and not 
mixed genes.

Monique Reed
Bio Dept. Texas A&M

>Thanks for the information. 
>Do you or anyone else happen to know what is the plant difference
>between a F1 hybrid and any ordinary crossed or grafted hybrid?
>Alan and Joan Gould, North Lincs.
><alan at agolincs.demon.co.uk>

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