Traditional Plant Breeding — Activities

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These activities in address aspects of the following outcomes and content areas of the HSC Agriculture syllabus:

Core – Plant/Animal production

H2.1 describes the inputs, processes and interactions of plant production systems.

Students learn about:

Managing plant production

    • the interaction of genotype, environment and management

Students learn to:

    • outline plant breeding systems and their genetic basis including selective breeding, hybridisation and genetic engineering
    • explain how plant breeding is used to develop new varieties to improve product quality, yield and environmental adaptation

Question 1

Describe, in your own words, the method of plant breeding known as mass selection. (you may wish to use an example).

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Question 2

Outline what you think the advantages and disadvantages of mass selection would be.

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Question 3

Explain the role that crossbreeding has played in developing new plant varieties.

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Question 4

List some characteristics of wild plant species that may make them valuable for inclusion in cross breeding programs.

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