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Differences between Traditional and Ideotype Breeding


Traditional Breeding

Ideotype Breeding


The main objective is defined before initiating the breeding work.

The conceptual model is prepared before initiation of breeding work.


Selection is focussed on yield and some other character.

Selection is focussed on individual plant characters.


It usually includes various morphological and economic characters.

It includes various morphological, physiological, and biochemical plant characters.


Value of each character is not fixed in advance

Value of each trait is defined in advance.


This is simple and rapid method of cultivar development.

This is difficult and slow method of cultivar development.


The phenotype of a new variety is not specified in advance.

Phenotype of new variety to be developed is specified in advance.

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