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Name: Peggy H.
Status: student
Age: 13
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Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2002


Question:
Do monocots and dicots ever mix together to produce a hybrid plant?


Replies:
Never is a dangerous word in science...but monocots and dicots are two major of different branches of flowering plants. Plants within the same species can hybridize and produce productive (viable) seeds, plants from different genera are much less likely to do so and on up. Therefore, dicots and monocots are much, much less likely to hybridize in nature.

Peter Faletra Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Science Education
Office of Science
Department of Energy



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