The Dawning of a New Era in Plant Breeding

Gene Editing and Plant Biotechnology Gene editing technologies have emerged from the broader field of agricultural biotechnology, sometimes referred to as the gene revolution of agriculture. Gene editing allows for single gene-specific mutation, while standard mutagenic breeding resulted in tens of thousands of gene mutations. Mutagenesis has been used in …

Seeking Plant Breeding Experts

Survey on regulation new plant breeding techniquesSince the Food and Agriculture Organization’s 2009 challenge on how to feed the world in 2050, there have been many forms of responses. There have been increases in research project funding, increased partnerships between the developed and developing, and the application of new plant …

Hybridization, breeding and hybrid cultivars

By: Graham Scoles, Ph.D., PAg Hybridization Hybridization refers to the natural or deliberate pollination between two plants.  It occurs all the time in the wild as many plants are cross-pollinated and when the pollen from one plant lands on the stigma of another plant, and if fertilization is successful in …

How Genomics is Changing Plant Breeding

From the Human Genome Project to plant breeding, genomic research is here to stay   The desire to know more about how genomes work has attracted thousands of researchers as well as billions of investment dollars. Advances in computers, biology and information sharing have revolutionized how plant breeding is now …