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  • Diagram showing Mendel's inheritance of multiple traits in peas.
    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato Published 16 August 2011 Size: 43 KB Referencing Hub media

    Mendel cross-bred plants with 2 or more traits and found that each trait was inherited independently of the other and produced its own 3:1 ratio. For example, a plant with round, yellow seeds crossed with a plant with wrinkled green seeds gives a ratio of 9:3:3:1. This is the basis for Mendel’s principle of independent assortment.

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