Why was Darwin interested in artificial selection?
Darwin was interested in artificial selection. During his lifetime, new varieties of plants and new breed of animals were bred through artificial selection. This involves breeding only those individuals that have desired qualities, and rejecting the rest. For example animals breeders are often able to change the characteristics of domestic animals by selecting for reproduction those individuals with the most evolution desirable qualities such as speed in racehorses, milk production in cows, trail scenting in dogs.
Over the years, those plants with desirable characteristic are less likely to survive. Eventually , the species of the plant will evolve. This supported Darwin’s theory that the strengths acquired by natural selection are indeed passed on to subsequent generation resulting in evolution.