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Asexual propagation

Asexual propagation is also called asexual reproduction or vegetative propagation. A full-grown new mature plant can grow from a small part of the plant. This can be done by planting plant cuttings, by shield budding, grafting or by burying part of a branch in the soil so it forms new roots. In these instances there is no sexual reproduction in which the cells of two parent plants fuse together. In the case of asexual reproduction, the DNA of the new plant will be identical to the DNA of the donor plant. The new plant is a clone. The majority of the current vineyards consist of the same clone of one plant. This means that all grapevines in the vineyard contain the same DNA and therefore display high uniformity in terms of ripening, production and disease sensitivity which makes growing the grapes a lot easier.

 

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