Plants interbreed to survive longer

Hybridisation of closely related species of plants may assist them to survive periods of environmental change.

Conducted by Massey University, this is the first convincing evidence that interbreeding encourages genetic alteration, protecting plants from predators, pests and pathogens.

The team, led by Professor Peter Lockhart, focused on the New Zealand alpine herb, Pachycladon.

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