The identification and selective combination of desirable genes, with the goal of enhanced yield, reduced susceptibility to plant disease, improved seed quality or better nitrogen-fixing ability.
refers to the process of selecting which organisms are allowed to reproduce themselves. By choosing organisms which have traits the breeder desires, the species comes to better meet the breeder's needs. Breeding is a highly limited means of changing organisms as traits must come into existence naturally before they can be developed. Thus, changes will only happen slowly. Camelot Campaign Chaos Chi Continuum, The Coordinates Core Rules
This term has many connotations. Here it is restricted to a cumulative permanent improvement of the honeybee on a genetic basis.