Gregor Mendel's garden

Gregor Mendel's garden

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Caption: Gregor Mendel's garden (lower right) at the Abbey of Saint Thomas, Brno, Czech Republic. It was here that the Austrian botanist Gregor Johann Mendel (1822-1884), founder of genetics, conducted his breeding experiments with pea plants. He bred over 30,000 plants from 1856- 1863, and discovered the statistical laws of heredity. From his results, he postulated the existence of a unit of heredity that is now called the gene. Mendel was the sixth abbot (from 1868) of this Augustinian monastery. The Abbey houses a collection of Mendel relics (the Mendelianum). A new exhibition, The Genius of Genetics, opened here in May 2002.

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