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Self-pollination will lead to _______.
1. Overbreeding
2. Outbreeding
3. Inbreeding
4. All of the above

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Correct Answer - Option 3 : Inbreeding

The correct answer is Inbreeding.

  • Self-pollination occurs when the pollen from the anther is deposited on the stigma of the same flower, or another flower on the same plant.
  • Self-pollination leads to the production of plants with less genetic diversity, since genetic material from the same plant is used to form gametes, and eventually, the zygote.

  • Self-pollination or cross-pollination can be an advantage when the number of flowers is small or they are widely spaced.
    • During self-pollination, the pollen grains are not transmitted from one flower to another.
    • As a result, there is less wastage of pollen.

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