From Seed to Seed:
Botany vs. Horticulture
Pick up a botany textbook and you may find one or two pages devoted to asexual propagation, and hundreds of pages on sexual reproduction. Most horticultural references, on the other hand, devote large sections to asexual propagation. Why the difference?
To the scientist, asexual propagation is a minor topic. Although
it is not unusual in the plant world, it is generally not the primary
method of reproduction used by higher plants. And asexual propagation
involves simple mitotic cell division. Sexual reproduction, on
the other hand, relies on the much more interesting meiotic cell
division, as well as the subsequent production and union of gametes. Genetically,
asexual propagation is rather ho-hum, too. Offspring are genetically identical
to the parent plant. Not much to study there!
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