Backcross | Verb

/ˈbakkrôs/

  1. A backcross is a type of breeding that allows the transfer of a desired trait from parent to offspring. Unlike traditional breeding, backcrossing breeds a plant with one of its parents. This process creates a hybrid plant that is genetically more similar to the parent. By backcrossing, breeders can strengthen certain genes in a plant and ensure the survival of rare strains.