Sweet Potatoes, Sweeter Life

Sweet Potatoes, Sweeter Life Tuskegee scientists use gene editing to improve sweet potato disease resistance, nutrition A sweet potato doesn’t need much in terms of prep or embellishment in the kitchen. Just bake it, garnish it with a hearty dose of brown sugar, a dash of cinnamon and a dab of...

Responding to Global Challenges

Responding to Global Challenges The planet is changing. As we face very real and evolving global challenges-like climate change, new and emerging pests and diseases, less arable land, and a growing population-plants must adapt if we’re going to provide enough food to feed future generations....

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Florida avocado growers face serious plant pest and disease challenges. Gene editing could be the solution.

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?

Milestones in Plant Breeding

Milestones in Plant Breeding

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.

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...

Meet the Breeder-Gennaro Fazio

Meet the Breeder-Gennaro Fazio Name: Gennaro Fazio Company: USDA-ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit  School of Integrative Plant Sciences at Cornell University Title: Plant breeder and research geneticist Adjunct Associate Professor  Focus: Apply genomics, transcriptomics and root phenomics to...