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 (krôs′brēd′, krŏs′-)
v. cross·bred (-brĕd′), cross·breed·ing, cross·breeds
To produce (an organism) by the mating of individuals of different breeds, varieties, or species; hybridize.
To mate so as to produce a hybrid; interbreed.
An organism produced by mating of individuals of different varieties or breeds.
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Noun1.crossbreeding - (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybridscrossbreeding - (genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids
mating, pairing, sexual union, union, coupling, conjugation - the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes; "the casual couplings of adolescents"; "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
dihybrid cross - hybridization using two traits with two alleles each
monohybrid cross - hybridization using a single trait with two alleles (as in Mendel's experiments with garden peas)
reciprocal cross, reciprocal - hybridization involving a pair of crosses that reverse the sexes associated with each genotype
testcross, test-cross - a cross between an organism whose genotype for a certain trait is unknown and an organism that is homozygous recessive for that trait so the unknown genotype can be determined from that of the offspring
genetic science, genetics - the branch of biology that studies heredity and variation in organisms
2.crossbreeding - reproduction by parents of different races (especially by white and non-white persons)
facts of life, procreation, reproduction, breeding - the sexual activity of conceiving and bearing offspring
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Crossbreeding of beef breeds with local cattle has been practiced in many countries to get benefit of hybrid vigor and additive and non-additive type of gene actions (Gregory and Cundiff, 1980).
However, adaptation of AI was a factor to increase milk production of dairy animals through crossbreeding. These results were strengthened by a study of Haile (2008) who reported that 52.6% farmers adopted AI having same objectives of crossbreeding in central Ethiopia.
In India, crossbreeding programme has given birth to different crossbreds.
Crossbreeding in pig production is aimed to increase the total efficiency and also to improve the quantity and quality of the meat (Sellier, 1998).
Sheep of Texel and Poll Dorset breeds had a significant impact on the development of fast-gaining meat-wool half-fine sheep breeding in many countries, where they were used both for pure breeding and for crossbreeding with local sheep to create new fast-gaining breeds and types [9].
Because of the advantages of hybrid vigor (heterosis) gained when utilizing crossbreeding in a beef production program, almost every major breed has jumped on the bandwagon to get in on the action by creating and promoting composites that utilize their breed as one of the components.
And while crossbreeding isn't a new development, it's becoming more common among Texas ranchers as summers become drier and hotter.
The crossbreeding programme was launched six years ago by Innovis, using an Aberdale nucleus flock based on British Texel genetics.
The discovery suggests that much of the diversity found in rhododendrons - and perhaps many other species - is a result of ancient crossbreeding, which has enabled a diverse range of offspring over many successive generations.
Researchers report that these insects belong to one of the few animal species known to have arisen from crossbreeding of two other species.