Category Archives: Plant Breeding

Following in Vavilov’s Footsteps

Last fall I ordered several varieties of garlic through the USDA’s Agriculture Research Service germplasm database called GRIN ( They offer thousands of varieties of fruits and vegetables in seed or cutting form to be grown out for research purposes. … Continue reading

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The Need to Breed

Any farmer can tell you that the environmental conditions they work with are extremely dynamic and vary greatly from year to year. With changing climate patterns, new crop diseases and pests, and evolving cultural habits, farmers have to constantly adapt. … Continue reading

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