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Re: apomictic?

In a message dated 2/23/99 7:42:43 AM Pacific Standard Time, dave-
poole@ilsham.demon.co.uk writes:

>  This way, it is perfectly possibly to get a true cultivar of a
>  dessert orange for instance, from seed by selecting out and retaining
>  the nucellar seedlings.  The difference in appearance is invariably
>  quite marked and 'normal' seedling can be easily identified since it
>  is usually considerably less vigorous.

If the "normal" seedling is less vigorous than the apomictic ones--and would
therefore be at a competitive disadvantage to them--why does the plant produce
it?  Pollination/fertilization costs the plant energy, so why do it just to
produce a disadvantaged seedling?

Jason Hernandez

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