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Postby anuragrawat » Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:46 am

ya its possible to hybridize 2 plants of different genus, making first sure dat they are compatible wid each oder.
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Postby MrMistery » Sun Dec 09, 2007 9:23 am

a simple answer to your first question: corn is pollinated through wind. it produces a large amount of pollen that is carried by wind and meets a female flower on another individual.
a more complicated answer to your second question: two plants of different genus can be hybridized if they are related closely enough. However, there is no definite boundary to how closely related they must be.
The first case of an intergenic cross in plants is when the Russian researcher Karpencenko was commissioned by Stalin to produce a a plant that had radish(Raphanus sativus) roots and cabbage(Brassica oleracea) leaves. He did manage to cross them, but got a plant with radish leaves and cabbage roots - therefore useless. Because he "failed" it is reported that Stalin shot him personally. Anyway, the hybrid was named Raphanobrassica karpencenko in his honor.
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Postby mith » Sun Dec 09, 2007 4:51 pm

Yes it is possible, that is why people are afraid of GMO plants with pesticide resistance.
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