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Fertilization by male gametes from the same individual, as by sperm from the same animal in hermaphroditic species or by pollen from the same plant.

self′-fer′til·ized′ (-īzd′) adj.
self′-fer′til·iz′ing adj.
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(Biology) fertilization in a plant or animal by the fusion of male and female gametes produced by the same individual. Compare cross-fertilization
ˌself-ˈfertile adj
ˌself-ˈfertiˌlized, ˌself-ˈfertiˌlised adj
ˌself-ˈfertiˌlizing, ˌself-ˈfertiˌlising adj
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fertilization of the ovum by a male gamete of the same individual.
self′-fer′tilized, adj.
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Noun1.self-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from the same individual
fecundation, fertilisation, fertilization, impregnation - creation by the physical union of male and female gametes; of sperm and ova in an animal or pollen and ovule in a plant
autogamy - self-fertilization in plants
cross-fertilisation, cross-fertilization - fertilization by the union of male and female gametes from different individual of the same species
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The rest are hermaphroditic females that reproduce by self-fertilising, or selfing.
But to achieve a good crop you will need at least two dwarf tree varieties, as most cherry trees are not self-fertilising and will need another tree for fertilisation.
Other ongoing J-WAFS projects include work to engineer cereal grains that can fix atmospheric nitrogen in the same way that legumes do, in the hope of realising self-fertilising high-yield producers in varied regions across the globe, and reducing the negative effects of the use of chemical fertilisers.