Genetics for Seed Savers

Preface:  Genetic factors at work in domestic and wild plant collections are infinitely variable.  Books and magazines aimed at the recreational gardener give little, if any, explanation of the manner in which those factors impact on the important hobby of seed saving and sharing.  And, professional publications serve the overall botanical and biological views of genetics in a manner too complex for those of us not trained in those fields.  In the lecture series presented here, Rick A. Grazzini has written a simplified view of existing knowledge of genetics just for seed savers.  There are a few 49¢ words to wade through, but only those minimally necessary for comprehension of this complex topic.  In that sense, your ultimate understanding of genetics will not be free of charge.  I regard these chapters as the most important document in existence regarding the collection and saving of seeds.


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INDEX

Chapter One: Introductory Botany for Seed Savers

Flower Structure

Flower Forms

Plant Types

Chapter Two: Pollination as an Ecological Phenomenon

Chapter Three:  Mendel Lives!

Chapter Four:  Inbreeding Depression and Hybrid Vigor

So what happens when you self-pollinate?

HyBrid Vigor

How F1's are Made

Chapter Five:  Genetics for Seed Savers FAQ

How do I hand-pollinate a flower?

How much separation do I need in order to save seeds without cross-pollination?

How many seeds saved from an F1 are likely to produce something like the F1, something like the parents, or something like trash?

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