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Additive Genetic Variance


    Variety 2 always outperforms Variety 1 over the complete range of environmental conditions (e.g., nutrient-poor soil at EQ = 40, or with added fertilizer at EQ = 90). The relative response is predictable from experiments in any environment.  Variety 2 may be described as "genetically superior" to Variety 1. Note however that there is considerable scatter about the means, and that Variety 1 in a good environment outperforms Variety 2 in a poor environment, if the difference in quality is 30 points or more.


Figure 2002 by Griffiths et al.; all text material 2014 by Steven M. Carr