Genetic engineering brings cloned crops closer. Seeds genetically identical to parent plant could revolutionize agriculture. The production of exact genetic replicas of important food crops has come a step closer. Such an advance could allow farmers to propagate their own crops, rather than buying seed each year.
Just so, how is cloning beneficial to agriculture?
Clones are superior breeding animals used to produce healthier offspring. Animal cloning offers great benefits to consumers, farmers, and endangered species: Cloning allows farmers and ranchers to accelerate the reproduction of their most productive livestock in order to better produce safe and healthy food.
Subsequently, question is, what is cloning in agriculture? Cloning is a complex process that lets one exactly copy the genetic, or inherited, traits of an animal (the donor). Livestock species that scientists have successfully cloned are cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.
Keeping this in consideration, what are the advantages of plant cloning?
There are multiple benefits to cloning plants:
- When you clone a plant, you are improving the odds that the plant will produce the same amount each harvest.
- Clones are predictable.
- Cloned plants reproduce faster.
- You don’t have to worry about having dud seeds.
- You can reproduce pest resistance.
Do farmers clone plants?
Improved harvest for small farms thanks to naturally cloned crops. In today’s agriculture, hybrid plants are crucial for the sufficient production of food, feed, fuel and fiber. Some plant species naturally reproduce by cloning their seeds, which is referred to as apomixis.