1. Controlled breeding: By hand-pollinating, breeders can control the cross-pollination to produce desired characteristics in the offspring.
2. Increase yields: Hand-pollinating can increase crop yields significantly, as it ensures all flowers are pollinated, and eliminates the need for bees or other pollinators to do so.
3. Eliminates cross-contamination: Hand-pollination eliminates the possibility of cross-contamination between different varieties of plants.
4. Saves space: Pollination by bees or other insects requires space for the animals to fly and feed. Hand-pollinating saves the extra space required for these activities.
5. Saves time: Hand-pollination can save time as it removes the need to wait for natural pollination to occur.
6. Useful in hybridization: Hand-pollination is especially useful in hybridization, as it allows breeders to create new, unique plant varieties.
7. Produces healthy plants: By hand-pollinating, breeders can ensure that the plants produced are healthy, strong, and resistant to pests and diseases.
8. Consistent results: Hand-pollination ensures consistent results from one generation to the next, as it allows breeders to control and monitor the breeding process.
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