George Hammond wrote:
> Rich Cooper wrote:
> > [snip]
> > The genetic expression curve could be measured by varying a selected
> > set of environmental parameters, and the effect of combinations of these
> > parameters could define the growth curve you're describing.
>> GH: Hey Rich.... you apparently understand what I'm talking
> about. But can't this be easily ascertained from existing
> data without doing any experiments? I mean, there must
> be archives knee deep in "crop yield data" for asexual
> clonal plants (potatoes, onions and floriculture). For
> Pete's sake we don't have to launch any new experiments do we?
Archives aren't knee-deep. They go all the way to the ceiling, and then some.
Check your agronomic and horticultural journals, going back at least half a
century. And again, the crop does not need to be asexual for it to be
genetically identical. The plants within a given field of most of our major
crops would be identical- hybrid corn, wheat, soybean, pea, barley, tomato,
etc. Likewise with any fruit tree which is grafted. The list goes on.