Use of heterosis in crop improvement programme

Use of heterosis in crop improvement programme
  • Gains in yield and yield stability offered by heterosis have prompted use of hybrids in several crops.
  • Genetic yielding ability has been increased greatly, and thus total production has been increased, with minimal dependence on chemical inputs and maximum use of biological power.
  • Enthusiasm and funds have been directed to hybrid breeding, in part because of the proven efficiency of the inbred/hybrid method for producing products that farmers need and want, and in part because private capital was attracted to the profit potential of hybrid breeding and sales.
  • The inbred/hybrid method has given breeders greater precision in developing, identifying, and multiplying the best hybrid genotypes in cross-pollinated crops

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