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?
Today, thanks to an increased understanding of genetics, the capability to sequence plant genomes and the ability to link a specific gene(s) to a specific characteristic, plant breeders are able to improve a plant’s phenotype more precisely and more efficiently by focusing on the underlying genetics.
Michael Kovach, Pennsylvania native, and row crop breeder. “I love the idea that the products we develop will be grown by farmers”
Ted Superak, breeder of 41 years, who currently works for HM Clause seeds. “Its human directed evolution. I try to create different combinations of genes. Its kind of like being an artist where DNA is your paint.”
Plant breeding innovation is a hot topics at ASTA’s CSS & Seed Expo 2016.