What is apomixis and what is its importance?

7/8/2015 CBSE



What is apomixis and what is its importance?






Answer :



Apomixis is the mechanism of seed production without involving the process of
meiosis and syngamy. It plays an important role in hybrid seed production. The
method of producing hybrid seeds by cultivation is very expensive for farmers.
Also, by sowing hybrid seeds, it is difficult to maintain hybrid characters as
characters segregate during meiosis. Apomixis prevents the loss of specific
characters in the hybrid. Also, it is a cost-effective method for producing
seeds.




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