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Mutation Breeding for Crop Improvement in India

Mutation, a heritable change in a genetic characteristic of an organism, is a natural process that creates new variants (alleles) of genes. Mutation is the primary source of all genetic variations existing in any organism, including plants. Variation so created by mutation provides the raw material for natural selection and is a driving force in evolution. Natural selection operates to bring about evolution of new races and species through the variability created by natural mutations and amplified by subsequent recombination...

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