Brief History of Plant Breeding

Brief History of Plant Breeding (II): From Transplantation, Division, Cutting, Grafting to Primitive Domestication  

Jim Fang
Hainan Institute of Tropical Agricultural Resources, Sanya, 572025, China
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Molecular Plant Breeding, 2023, Vol. 14, No. 12   doi: 10.5376/mpb.2023.14.0012
Received: 31 May, 2023    Accepted: 05 Jun., 2023    Published: 12 Jun., 2023
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Fang J., 2023, Brief history of plant breeding (II): From transplantation, division, cutting, grafting to primitive domestication, Molecular Plant Breeding, 14(12): 1-5 (doi: 10.5376/mpb.2023.14.0012)


This article explores the early stages of plant breeding history, including the development and application of techniques such as transplantation, division, cutting, grafting, and primitive domestication. These techniques provided the foundation for plant propagation and improvement, promoting agricultural development and societal progress. Transplantation and division techniques enabled plants to grow in different environments and expanded the range of cultivation. Cutting and grafting techniques allowed plants to reproduce and maintain desirable traits, promoting variety diversification and improvement. This also marked the primitive domestication where wild plants gradually transitioned into cultivated plants, as humans began consciously selecting and cultivating superior plant varieties to adapt to human needs and environmental changes.

Plant breeding; Transplantation; Division; Cutting; Grafting; Primitive domestication
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