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selective breeding

the breeding of animals and plants to embrace desirable characters.
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Galapagos National Park applied sciences chief Washington Tapia said experts plan on reviving the species by selectively breeding the tortoises to produce offspring as close to genetic make-up of their extinct ancestors as possible.
By selectively breeding those dogs that prefer to herd rather than to kill, humans have created a dog that has the tendency to herd, but (hopefully) without the inclination to kill.
Seven decades of selectively breeding tomatoes for better color in their unripe forms has taken its toll in the form of inadvertently creating that wet paper-towel taste found in modern tomatoes.
TIMBERLAND BRITTANYS: Selectively breeding top personal gun dogs for the upland hunter.
Sarefield explained that for thousands of years cultures began holding onto the animals and selectively breeding them for their flesh and milk.
But in reality, this practise causes harm to patients and the environment by selectively breeding ever-more frightening bacteria.
Biologists at Lincoln University, New Zealand, suggested that selectively breeding frogs with diseaseresistant genes would be the best way of safeguarding species from extinction.
Two events in soybean's history are thought to have caused the genetic bottleneck: use of only a few introduced precursor beans, called "landraces," to form the genetic base of the American soybean crop in the mid-20th century and a focus on selectively breeding soybeans for pest resistance, seed-quality traits, and productivity above all else.
However, modern farming techniques of selectively breeding for a particular growth rate or color, etc.

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