germ plasm


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germ·plasm

also germ plasm  (jûrm′plăz′əm)
n.
1. The genetic material of a species or other related group of organisms, collected for use in study, conservation, and breeding.
2. Germ cells as distinguished from other body cells.
3. The hereditary material of a germ cell.

germ plasm

n
1. (Biology)
a. the part of a germ cell that contains hereditary material; the chromosomes and genes
b. the germ cells collectively. Compare somatoplasm

germ′ plasm`


n.
the substance of reproductive cells that contains chromosomes.
[1885–90]
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Noun1.germ plasm - the protoplasm of the germ cells that contains chromosomes and genes
living substance, protoplasm - the substance of a living cell (including cytoplasm and nucleus)
References in classic literature ?
And that the germ plasm is different from the parthenogenetic egg?
Since 2007 ICBA has, however, been running its own international programme to evaluate quinoa germ plasm and single out lines suited to different geographic locations and environmental conditions.
Nagaland, Meghalaya and Mizoram have been directed to give their requirement for 100 piglets of superior germ plasm for each of their pig breeding farms in the State to National Research Centre on Pig, Rani, Guwahati.
As a result, the identification of new sources of germ plasm by assessing salt resistance to various local plant landraces is of paramount importance.
Calf care is not only essential for sustainance of dairy industry but also for preserving and maintaining our good quality germ plasm.
He said the UAF had identified ten varieties of tomatoes and okra out of 550 germ plasm that were heat resilient.
He was of the view that if any country introduces some new technology or develops some new germ plasm, it must be experimented in other countries for the mutual benefit of all the countries.
Known for formulating the germ plasm theory, which placed heredity in the germ cells--through the nuclei of the egg and sperm cells--the heretofore relatively unknown, August Weismann, is profiled in ChurchillEs intellectual biography for the first time.
The center introduced the first germ plasm of riverine buffalo and improved the testing of carabao crossbreds.
In October, Bulgaria will send the first samples of seed germ plasm of typical Bulgarian crop varieties to the Global Seed Vault in Norway, also known as the Noah's Ark.
He said his Pakistani counterparts are meticulously testing thousands of samples of cotton germ plasm to discover a CLCV resistant cotton seed variety with high-yielding capacity.