What brought me here is I started getting curious about all the different "breeds" or "strains" or "variations" that people have on plants. Like African Violets for example. There are hundreds if not thousands of different variations. Also like how some plants are bred to make them more leafy, or less leafy, or more flowers, or anything. Or how roses actually started out as simple flowers.
Now, from my understanding and research this sort of thing can really only be done in two ways:
1) growing plants and picking out two plants that have a trait that you like and breeding them, then growing and picking out two more plants and so on and so forth, thus eventually concentrating a feature.
2) Microscopes and crazy microbiology stuff that you need a lab for.
I have read somewhere or maybe heard from a friend or something that there are seeds that will actually modify the genetic structure of other plants or seeds, or something. I think the friend was referencing something from the movie Food, Inc.
Then I just recently pm'ed someone on this site about an alpine strawberry pineapple crush seeds and they send me a message back saying that I didn't need to cross them anymore but maybe I could and make my variety better.
Is this plant actually a pineapple and a strawberry crossed? or did someone just think a strawberry tasted like a pineapple and work with it?
I'd be very interested in what all this means, how I can get started doing this myself, and how I can look up information or techniques to start creating variations or breeds or what-not.