The search for variety

Exactly how plants adapt and change is still a mystery. Various mutations are thrown up from time to time; when these occur, a new “variety ot a species appears that may or may not take hold and produce progeny in its own likeness. The endless search after novelty has led mankind to try to create new varieties by selective breeding from naturally occurring varieties or “sports.” There is, therefore, great excitement at the discovery of any new departure. This was seen at its height among the tulip breeders in Holland in the 17th century.

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