Cisgenic hybrids

Photo credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT)
Photo credit: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Cisgenic: Breeding new hybrid varieties of plants by crossing members of the same species using cell fusion instead of manually pollinating the parent generation.  Unlike transgenic breeding, no genes are introduced that do not already exist in the species.

Donald Sutherland takes a deep dive into the controversy surrounding cisgenic hybrid seed and the overall state of seeds in the organic marketplace today at Food Safety News.  This is recommended reading if organic seed is important to you or if you are curious about modern seed breeding methods.

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