Mendel selected the garden pea plants for his experiments. Explain
Mendel selected the garden pea Pisum sativum for his experiments on inheritance for the following reasons:-
- Garden pea is an annual plant with a short lifespan of 3 to 4 months.
- It is self-pollinating.
- It is available in many varieties with contrasting characters.
- The flowers are large enough for easy emasculation which is required for artificial crossing and to produce fertile offspring.
Concept: Deviations from Mendelism - Incomplete Dominance, Co-dominance, Multiple Alleles and Inheritance of Blood Groups, Pleiotropy
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