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Name: Sarah
Status: student
Grade: 12+
Location: NY
Country: Australia
Date: Spring 2013

What is involved in the process of artificial pollination and how do these techniques alter the genetic composition of a population?

In artificial pollination, a person may use a brush to transfer pollen from a selected individual flower to the stigma of another selected individual flower, so it is a situation of “controlled pollination” rather than “open pollination.”

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Sincerely, Anthony R. Brach, PhD Harvard University Herbari

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for the question. One method for artificial pollination is simply using a artist's painting brush to transfer pollen from one flower to another. This simple technique was used by Mendel in his pioneering studies of plant genetics. Artificial pollination allows for some control over the genetic makeup of the progeny.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have more questions. Thanks Jeff

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