Can seedless fruit be produced in nature without humans interfering with the fruit? And would that be considered a spontaneous mutation?

  • $\begingroup$ Is a mule "seedless fruit"? What might the difference be? Whether there's a spontaneous mutation or a hybrid that cannot reproduce doesn't matter, since the vast majority of these will not even be recognized by anyone (they can't propagate.) Furthermore, fruit can be seedless without genetic abnormalities, but based on growth conditions (granted this is very hit or miss.) Have you never found a seedless apple? (I have. I peel and cut up apples. Apples without seeds are not extremely rare.) $\endgroup$ Commented May 1, 2023 at 19:24
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Seedless fruits are the result of a biological process called parthenocarpy – the development of a fruit without prior fertilization. Seedless plants are not common, but they do exist naturally or can be manipulated by plant breeders without using genetic engineering techniques.

Spontaneous mutations are naturally occurring alterations in the DNA due to slippage in natural processes. Also, as said before, The seedless plants are rare but can occur naturally ,i.e., without any human interference. So, yes it can be considered as spontaneous mutation.

If you cross a horse and a donkey, you get a mule. Mules can't reproduce — they are, in essence, "seedless".

Source: Seedless fruit is not something new


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