what is a species

Richard Jensen rjensen at SAINTMARYS.EDU
Thu Jul 11 09:59:43 CDT 1996

We may view a cultivar as nothing more than an artificially maintained
gene pool.  It is still representative of the species from which it was
derived, even if the wild progenitors are now extinct.  Consider modern
maize - it is a cultivar (there are actually hundreds of "cultivars" or
races) and is probably all that remains of its species.

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