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Interspecific crossing

Term for a cross or breeding or new breeding (see there in each case) between two grape varieties of different species. These are combinations between the European species Vitis vinifera (here there is only one species) and an American and/or an Asian species (there are 30 species of each). However, crosses between two different American (e.g. Vitis labrusca x Vitis rupestris) or Asian (e.g. Vitis amurensis x Vitis coignetiae) or between American and Asian species (e.g. Vitis amurensis x Vitis riparia) are also interspecific crosses (inter = between). As a rule, only interspecific crosses are generally referred to as hybrids.

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