Hybridization in strawberries
Royce S. Bringhurst, U.C., Davis
Victor Voth, Pomologist
California Agriculture 36(8):25-25. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v036n08p25.
Royce S. Bringhurst, Professor, Pomology, U.C., Davis; Victor Voth, Pomologist, Davis, stationed at the South Coast Field Station, Santa Ana.
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Polyploidy is important in strawberries, because only in the end products found in nature (octoploids Fragaria chiloensis and F virginiana) were the necessary genes found, organized, and conserved in such a way as to make possible the relatively rapid breeding of the modern large-fruited strawberry cultivare. Lower ploidy levels are of interest, because they tend to be highly specialized to specific environments, and many of the traits they carry as a result may be useful in the cultivare of the future, if they can be introduced into the octoploids.