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Why did Mendel choose peas for his experiments?

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In his experiments revolving around genetics and heredity, Gregor Mendel chose peas for so many reasons. They include:

  • they were self-pollinating.
  • they had phenotypic traits that were easy to differentiate. i.e. their physical traits were easy to recognize and sort into groups due to their typically contrasting appearances. e.g. tall or short, etc.
  • they possessed the ability to preserve their traits and pass on the exact same traits to the next generation of peas, time and time again.
  • they were easy to grow and to propagate, seeing as they didn’t take much space, and could be pollinated by using a paintbrush.
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