Saving the Orange

Saving the Orange Florida’s famous orange groves are dying out at an alarming rate due to a tree killing bacteria causing a disease known as Citrus Greening. Citrus production in the state in the last 12-15 years has decreased by 75-80 percent. As Dr. Fred Gmitter, University of...

Get To Know A Plant Breeder: Dr. Fred Gmitter

Get To Know A Plant Breeder: Dr. Fred Gmitter ASTA sat down with Dr. Fred Gmitter. a plant breeder at the University of Florida Citrus Research and Education Center to talk about how he got into plant breeding, industry changes he’s seen, and where he sees the industry heading. Check out the conversation...

Toward a CRISPR Future?

Toward a CRISPR Future? by Kayleigh Koch What is CRISPR? How is it used? Who can use it? Most importantly, what can we do to help? These were questions we asked ourselves at the beginning of our semester-long project. As 11 students from Iowa State University in the College of Agriculture...

Meet the Breeder: Katelyn Fritz

Meet the Breeder: Katelyn Fritz Name: Katelyn Fritz School: Iowa State University Major: Agronomy and Global Resource System What type of plant breeder are you (or are you studying to be)? Between conventional and molecular breeding I currently don’t have a preference. What I do know is that I would...

Grape Expectations

Grape Expectations Researchers uncork the secret to a more sustainable wine industry: gene editing Toothaches and headaches and heartaches and backaches, fevers and nausea and sneezing and wheezing—in ancient Greece, no matter the malady, there was one nearly universally prescribed...

Plant Breeding Innovation in my Backyard

Plant Breeding Innovation in my Backyard By Stephanie Karhoff, Ph.D. Candidate in Translational Plant Sciences at The Ohio State University I held plant breeding innovation in my hand this week. No, I was not in the lab or greenhouse, but in my own backyard. I was doing my favorite spring task—planting the...