Plant breeding is always a numbers game. […] The wild species we use are rich in genetic variation, and individual plants are highly heterozygous and do not breed true. In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better.
(transitive) To give birth to; to be the native place of.
a pond breeds fish; a northern country breeds stout men
Yet every mother breeds not sons alike.
Of animals, to mate.
To keep animals and have them reproduce in a way that improves the next generation’s qualities.
To arrange the mating of specific animals.
She wanted to breed her cow to the neighbor's registered bull.
To propagate or grow plants trying to give them certain qualities.
He tries to breed blue roses.
To take care of in infancy and through childhood; to bring up.
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