Why did Mendel choose pea plants for conducting his experiments on inheritance?
Mendel chose pea plants for studying inheritance because of the following reasons:
- Pea plants had a number of clear cut differences which were easy to tell apart. For example, some pea plants were 'tall' whereas others were 'dwarf'.
- They were self pollinating plants.
- Many generations of pea plants can be produced in a comparatively short time span and their study is much simpler than that of animals.
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