• Question: If plants selfpolinnated ho come they dont mutate?

    Asked by carmelmiso to Del, John on 21 Mar 2014.
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      John Foster answered on 21 Mar 2014:

      I don’t know much about plants, but I think if they are self pollinating that would meant that the DNA from the male and female parts of that plant would be the same. That would remove the chance of variation in the new plant. I don’t know if this would eliminate mutations though. Two plants that have different DNA when they pollinate each other you get an offspring which has aspects of both plants.