Backcross breeding method has certain advantages and applications. Some of them are listed below.

Advantages of Back Cross Method

Merits of back cross method are given here.

  • Gives predicted results. Extensive tests are not necessary as recurrent parent is usually a well established variety
  • We can obtain same results again and again
  • While eliminating defects of well established variety there is no much change in its adaptability, performance and genotypic background
  • Only method for interspecific gene transfer.
  • Independent of environment
  • This method offers considerable control over the genetic variation in the segregating population under consideration
  • Little record keeping
  • Requires small populations
  • Backcrossing is applicable for both –