Plant sexuality

1694 Plant sexuality

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Rudolf Jakob Camerarius botany

Plant sexuality

Male and female

Messy sex

A priori

Rudolf Jakob Camerarius surgically removed the parts of caster oil plants, maize, spinach, and dog’s mercury, and he physically isolated male from female plants to establish his hypothesis that plants reproduce, like animals, sexually. Within twenty-five years, Thomas Fairchild was selectively breeding flowers. By 1865, Gregor Mendel had carefully cross-pollinated thousands of garden peas to demonstrate the laws of heredity, the basis today of genetics.

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