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Re: Retro Hybridizing

Mike Lowe's reference to hybridizing as a crap shoot is quite accurate,
though perhaps a more genteel way of saying it would be "sweepstakes."

And, of course, as one increases one's chances of winning the lottery by
buying more tickets, the more seedlings you raise, the more likely it is
that you will come up with a winner.  The big time hybridizers winnow
thousands of seedlings annually, so they get the biggest share of the
jackpot.  The backyard pollen-dauber wins once in a great while.  What are
the strategies the little guy can use to improve his chances?

Best wishes, Bill
William A. Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943 USA
phone (804) 223-6172
FAX (804) 223-6374

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