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Ginneth Trujillo

Writing Assignment 1: Brassicas
Biology Lab 2071

Brassica is a plant group that contains a variety of plants such as cabbage,
turnips, broccoli etc. The use of Brassicas is very extensive in a quotidian life as it
can range from edible food to engine fuel. The article Rapid-Cycling Populations of
Brassicas mainly focused on the idea of speeding up the growth rate of this group of
plants in particular because although they have a wide variety of uses, the amount in
which a Brassica plant needs to grow is an average of 6 months. In order to combat
this dilemma a mass breeding of the plants was fabricated and those that flowered
in the shortest time where kept and bred once more, until the favorable traits were
obtained. The species created were then known as rapid-cycling base populations
or RCBP’s. However, the new species did not come without problems of their own.
Many species had cytoplasm with unique phenotypes transmitted by females that
caused male-sterility. Typically during intergeneric cross, floral morphology and
nectary function tend to become abnormal in the cytoplasmic male steriles. The top
uses of Brassicas are in economical situations as they are eaten as vegetables, sold
as condiments, animal foddler, green manure, and as both edible and industrial oil.
They are also prime examples for a laboratory setting to both learn and experiment
with on responsive and manageable living plants. This relation between our
experiment and this process is that we are also learning about genetic favorability
and the genotypes and phenotypes within the plants. The plants we are using have a
rapid growth rate, similar to the growth rate the experiment in the article attempted
to achieve. The incorporation of this article also happens to be very helpful for the
lab write ups we will have to in the future.