# Why are some seeds referred to as apomictic seeds? Mention one advantage and one disadvantage to a farmer who uses them.

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Why are some seeds referred to as apomictic seeds? Mention one advantage and one disadvantage to a farmer who uses them.

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Seeds that are produced without fertilisation are referred to as apomictic.

Advantage: Desired characters are retained in offspring (progeny) as there is no segregation of characters in offspring (progeny). Seed production is assured even in absence of pollinators. Apomictic seeds are economical as they can be used to grow crops year after year.

Disadvantage: Cannot control accumulation of deleterious genetic mutation. These are usually restricted to narrow ecological niches and lack ability to adapt to changing environment.