Heterosis pp 234-259 | Cite as

Heterosis in Ornamentals

  • R. Reimann-Philipp
Part of the Monographs on Theoretical and Applied Genetics book series (GENETICS, volume 6)


When Shull in 1911 made known his ideas on hybrid vigour in plant breeding and introduced the name “heterosis” for this conception, there had already been commercially released a variety of Begonia semperflorens by Benary Seed Company from Erfurt/Germany, which carried all the criterions of a real “heterosis” variety, i.e.
  • hybrid vigour in connection with optimal uniformity;

  • a heterozygosity giving rise to a strong segregation of characters in F2 and consequently preventing any illegal reproduction;

  • the necessity of being reproduced by constant new crossing of two parental lines bred to homozygosity.


Inbred Line Male Sterility Cytoplasmic Male Sterility Anther Culture Hybrid Vigour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Reimann-Philipp
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal Research Centre for Horticultural Plant BreedingAhrensburgGermany

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