Gregor Mendel Born 1822 in Austria At 21 became a monk Went to school in Vienna Conducted his own scientific investigations in the monastery garden.
Mendels Experiments Kept them simple and controlled Kept very good records Worked with pea plants
Mendels Experiments continued… He observed characteristics including seed shape, plant height and flower color. Only observed one characteristic at a time. A characteristic is a feature that has different forms in a population. Traits are the different forms that a characteristic can take.
Mendels First Experiment Created true-breeding plants before he started his experiments (He did this by breeding the plants for many generations until he always got the expected results.) When one true-breeding plant self pollinates all of the offspring will have the same traits as the parent.
Mendels First Experiment continued… He crossed (cross pollinated) true- breeding purple flowers with true-breeding white plants. He removed the anthers of one plant to make sure that they cross pollinated.
Mendels First Experiment continued… The purple flower was always present while the white flower seemed to disappear. He said the purple flowers was a dominant trait and the white flower was a recessive trait.
Mendels Second Experiments He allowed the first generation plants (offspring of the first experiment) to self pollinate. The recessive trait reappeared in the second generation. He noticed a 3:1 ratio of the dominant to recessive traits. This ratio showed the relationship between two different things (traits)
Mendel realized… His results could only be explained if each plant had two sets of instructions for each characteristic. Each parent would donate one set of instructions but only one would show up in the offspring.
Use a Punnett Square to calculate the probability that offspring with a certain characteristic will result.