What is emasculation in plant breeding?

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Emasculation involves the removal of stamens from bisexual flowers of the female parents in order to avoid self-pollination in these flowers. It is done before the anthers are mature.

If in a condition the female parent bears bisexual flowers, then elimination of anthers from the flower bud before the anther dehisces by means of a pair of forceps (a large instrument with broad blades) is necessary. And this step is known as emasculation.

In a process called bagging emasculated flowers are covered with a bag to prevent contamination of its stigma with unwanted pollen.

However if the female parent produces unisexual flowers, there is no requirement for emasculation.


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Emasculation is a process of removing stamen and filament from flowers to improve food production.

this is done in brinjal plant flower.
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