Are poly-embryonic seeds identical to the parent

ZezzyFebruary 14, 2013

I've been growing a few mangoes from seeds and not sure if the fruit will be identical to the one I got it from. The seeds were all poly-embryonic and Kensington pride variety.

I read somewhere that the strongest seedlings are not clones and the ones that emerge later which appear much smaller and weaker are clones of the parent. Is this correct?

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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

No, I think you have that backwards, it's the other way around.
"Mango trees from nuclear seedlings are identical to mother plant. In polyembronic seed, the zygotic seedling will either degenerate or be weak, stunted. Nuclear seedlings can be distinguished from zygotic on the basis of greater vigor one month after germination" R E Litz. The Mango: Botany and Production.

Seems to be confirmed on GW tropicals forum -

Here is a link that might be useful: polyembrionic mango seedlings discussed here

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 1:32AM
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Zezzy

Cheers thanks for the help

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 7:58PM
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