Part 7

Commander Gillette itself is free of thorns and bristles and has smooth midribs. Among the selfs, however, the bristles will often appear; also a rare thorn or slight roughness on the midribs. Those recessive are easily bred out by several successive selfings. The criterion for success in such a self is that one further selfing produces a population completely free of the undesirables. One reason I have not done this before in my other breeding work is that it can lead to the loss of other recessives that are desirable. For example, Commander Gillette contains a latent gene for recurrency which might be lost. I nevertheless recommend the cosmetic change for the labor-saving dividends it will pay down the road