Perspectives

Apomixis--The Asexual Revolution

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Science  22 Nov 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5291, pp. 1322-1323
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5291.1322

Summary

Apomixis is an asexual reproductive process in plants whereby seeds that are exact genetic replicas of the maternal genetic material are produced. Vielle Calzada, Crane, and Stelly argue that this process, if understood and harnessed, will revolutionize genetic engineering and seed production for agriculturally important crops.