Can Seeds of European Vegetables Be Produced Successfully In the Tropics

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1940
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The replies provide no acceptable evidence for or against the belief that degeneration takes place in European vegetable varieties grown from seed produced in the tropics. Lengthy experiments would be needed to settle this point, and in the course of carrying them out it is probable that new varieties, more suited to tropical conditions, would be obtained as the result of re-selection, so that some of the end-products might differ considerably from the original experimental material. The success of Indian seedsmen in producing tropical varieties of cauliflower- the most fastidious and exacting of the cabbage family-and the adaptability of the Iceberg and Mignonette varieties of lettuce to tropical conditions are a foretaste of the development that
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, V (6), p. 476-478