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Plant Breeders Rock

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Tuesday, September 24, 2013/Categories: natural history, photography, art and design

Riled Up has celebrated plant breeders before. Using applied genetics, with trained intuition, and displaying extreme patience, breeders have contributed to every crop grown on Earth. Their impact on flowers has also been impressive, is less well known, but continues to produce amazing beauties created from wild plants into cultivated blooms.

Two examples of plant breeding successes applied to some rare plants originally found in South African forests at the end of the 19th Century. The group of six wild species has attracted breeders from worldwide to work with them:

Clivia miniata cv 'Misty' created by Clivia Classiques,Western Australia  (credit: SWP Media)

Un-named interspecific Clivia created by Pine Mountain Nursery, Queensland  (credit: SWP Media)

Plant breeders rock!


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