Definitions for "Selective breeding"
mating animals so that they produce a baby that has the characteristics that the farmer or rancher wants.
This process allows for the transfer of only one or a few desirable genes, thereby permitting scientists to develop crops with specific beneficial traits and those without undesirable traits. Current technology allows scientists to alter one plant characteristic at a time, thereby not spending years trying to develop the tastiest and hardiest plants.
Process by which human beings rear animals and plants with particular traits that an organism will pass on to offspring. For example, in oysters, breeding for resistance to disease or for faster growth.