great mentality that become rareHi All
been reading this thread as it is extremely relevant and something MNS and Shantibaba(I) treats seriously and have banged on about the downfall of all seed companies going purely for the buck as plant patents appear. The thing is in Nature female seed appears only when the plant does not have any males present and the female plant is passing maturity...that is why you see a few male flowers appear at the end of a female fast flowering strain as it ready itself to be impregnated with male pollen but failing this some strains produce the male flower at the top of the cola as a last ditch effort to continue its legacy...this seed is usually female as a result of selfing. However in normal populations you want to keep the genetic diversity open between strains to ensure low possibilities of inherent genetic issues or expressions...so diverse males provide this plus the Y chromosome which determines the plants sex. So what I have been saying from the onset of female seed is producers use them like female clones but do not use female seed selections for breeding projects. This will keep the resulting hermie issue at bay plus any other Pandora`s box issue we are opening up by reducing the natural sexes diversity with normal pollination of a Dieoecious plants.
Like most things that Man believes he can make better than Nature, usually has catastrophic consequences like rabbits in Australia, Cane toad to curb pest on Sugar cane....and so many more in so many countries.
At CBD crew project I allowed things to be made feminized as it helps those who do not have time to waste selecting a female...so it convinced me there was an application for female CBD seeds...and for flower producers to find new flowers......but keeping GMO type strains out of the breeding gene pool is imperative. We have been breeding and selecting out hermie tendencies for decades ....so putting back this is not really a wise thing in breeding. Considering most seed companies are no longer breeding seed but producing seed without males, it kind of makes MNS unique to have survived as a regular seed company in amongst the female seed craze.
All the best Sb