Field of Genes

Field of Genes From the lab to the land, scientists seed solutions to agricultural challenges through plant breeding innovation. There was once a time, in the not-so-distant past, when a phone was only that—a phone. You could really only do one thing with it: place a call across...

The History of Plant Breeding: From the Ancient Domestication of Wild Crops, to Gene Editing and Beyond…

The History of Plant Breeding: From the Ancient Domestication of Wild Crops, to Gene Editing and Beyond…

Did you know plant breeding started many thousands of years ago when people first domesticated wild plants? As the years have gone by, scientists’ understanding of agriculture has continued to progress. Adapting the basic principles that have been used for generations, plant breeding innovations like gene editing are preparing us to face 21st-century challenges. What could the future hold?

Meet The Breeder: Devin Nichols

Meet The Breeder: Devin Nichols Name: Devin Nichols Company: Monsanto Co. Title: North America 110RM Corn Pipeline Lead Focus: Corn Breeder Why did you choose this career? I have always had an interest in botany, plant sciences, and breeding since I was a child playing in my family’s garden, even if...

Meet the Breeder:Fikret Isik

Meet the Breeder:Fikret Isik Name: Fikret Isik Company: North Carolina State University Title: Professor and Associate director of Cooperative Tree Improvement Program Focus: Forest Tree Breeding (pine breeding) How long have you been doing it? Since 2000​ Why did you choose this career? It is a...