What is backcross breeding?

Plant Breeding and Genomics January 12, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF
A breeding method used to move one or a few desirable genes from an agronomically poor line to an elite line. This is done by crossing the line having a few desirable genes (donor parent line) to an elite line (recurrent parent line), and crossing offspring with the desired gene(s) to the recurrent parent. For more information, see the Backcross Breeding article.

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