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How do they make seedless watermelons?

Producing a seedless watermelon involves three steps. First, a plant is treated with colchicine, a substance that allows chromosomes to duplicate,  but prevents the copies from being distributed properly to dividing cells. As a result, a plant with four sets of chromosomes is created, a “tetraploid.”

The second step also involves faking pollenization so the plants produce watermelons:

Since triploid plants cannot produce pollen, farmers grow diploid “pollenizer” plants near the triploids. The diploids produce the necessary pollen, bees carry it to the female triploid flowers, and the seedless watermelons grow.

How do they make seedless watermelons?

Producing a seedless watermelon involves three steps. read more...

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