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Letter 10864

Scott, John to Darwin, C. R.

24 Feb 1877

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    Thanks for Cross and self-fertilisation.

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    His work on poppy varieties confirms increased vigour with crossing.

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    JS is carrying out opium poppy experiments CD suggested. He is busy with opium duties. Observing many fields of poppies, day and night, JS finds them remarkably free of insects. Believes they are wind-pollinated and that varieties have prepotent pollen since he has shown they do not cross naturally.

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    Plans to send a paper on Cyclosis to Linnean Society.

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