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land·race 1

A crop cultivar or animal breed that has been developed through traditional farming practices for many years in a particular locale without influence from modern agricultural science.

land·race 2

also Land·race (lănd′rās′, län′rä′sə)
A swine of any of several breeds first developed in Denmark in the 1800s, having a white coat and noted for its large litters.

[Danish : land, country (from Old Norse; see lendh- in Indo-European roots) + race, breed, race (from French; see race1).]
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1. (Breeds) chiefly Brit a white very long-bodied lop-eared breed of pork pig
2. (Breeds) a breed of Finnish sheep known for multiple births
3. (Botany) botany an ancient or primitive cultivated variety of a crop plant
[from Danish, literally: land race]
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His specialty: landrace cannabis, which grew naturally in Jamaica before it disappeared as a result of human intervention.
From a diverse indigenous farming system, which is similar to our own, the Dongrias gravitated toward rice monoculture, losing numerous landrace strains in the process.
This experiment was conducted to investigate the genetic characteristics and effective population sizes of Berkshire, Landrace, and Yorkshire pig breeds raised in the great grandparent (GGP) farms using the SNP information.
Kush is a strain of Cannabis indica, and is a landrace plant mainly cultivated in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India with the name coming from the Hindu Kush mountain range.
Until recently these were Landrace x Duroc sourced as gilts from Rattlerow together with some Large Whites and Landraces but the Barcroft-Jones' have now switched breeds.
In this paper, by comparative study on BPI gene expression in various tissues between Rongchang pig and Landrace, we confirmed the expression of pig BPI gene in various tissues to determine the difference expression of antibacterial related gene among indigenous breed (Rongchang pig) and artificially cultivated breed (Landrace), The Rongchang pig (0 day old, 28 day old, 120 day old) and Landrace BPI (0 day old, 28 day old, 120 day old) gene were expressed in normal liver, heart, lung, kidney, spleen and small intestine.
To explore the evolution of maize landraces in Southwestern China, 30 maize landrace populations were examined to characterize the B chromosomes (Bs).
S-compounds were the main volatile compounds of the onion profile [11] which in our study ranged from a minimum of 207.87 mg/Kg in Febbrarese landrace to a maximum of 1459.40 mg/Kg in Aprilatica one, corresponding to 63% and 74% of total volatile compounds, respectively.