Plant Genetics and Variation
How are characteristics of one generation related to the previous generation?
- Design an experiment to determine the ploidy of a plant tissue.
- Compare the amount of genetic variation in the offspring of a plant that self-fertilizes and a plant that reproduces asexually.
- Select an example of within species hybridization (e.g., hybrid corn) and explain why this can result in desirable agricultural traits.
- Diagram the flow of chromosomes from plants of two different species that hybridize to their offspring; construct an argument for whether the offspring will reproduce.
- Compare the genetic diversity of the offspring of a plant that is reproducing sexually versus asexually.
- Select a crop plant that is the result of hybridization and subsequent polyploidy (e.g., wheat or banana) and discuss how polyploidy corresponds with important agricultural traits.