Saturday, May 31, 2008

Artificial selection produces an impressive array of wild mustard varieties.

- "Artificial selection is the selective breeding of domesticated plants and animals."
- "For example, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbages, Brussels sprouts and kale are all varieties of a single species of wild mustard."

Wikipedia entry on Brassica oleracea, Brassica.

Textbook cited: Biology: Concepts & Connections. 5ed. Campbell, Reece, Taylor & Simon.


Chris said...

I've always thought that dogs were the most incredibly branched species - some look like squirrels, and some are pretty close to bears. Imagine that much variety in humanity!

Rachael said...

Dogs are really neat, but I've never found them as "wow"ing. Probably because we're all so accustomed to the idea that there are many varieties of dogs.

I stumbled across this fact about wild mustard just last night, totally by accident. I was quite impressed!

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