testing

Pre-Breeding 101

It’s been around for a long time, but why has pre-breeding become a new buzzword? The world’s climate is changing, and that means the advances made by the Green...

UPOV PRISMA Helps Breeders Make Varieties More Widely Available

UPOV PRISMA is the new online PBR application tool. Let’s say you just created a wonderful new variety after 10 years of crossing and selection, and now you want to...
emergence

Plant Establishment in Canola

The Canola Research Hub at canolaresearch.ca has a user-interactive research database. This article is based on the query “What are some of the factors that impact canola emergence?” with...
vegetable

These Two Guides are Designed to Help You Better Manage Vegetable Seed Quality

Helping seed companies better manage vegetable seed quality is top-of-mind for the International Seed Federation (ISF). One year ago, the ISF unveiled a new guide to good seed production...
cacao

Collaborations Work to Raise the Box

Public and private entities come together to improve the production of cacao. For some, it’s the language of love during Valentine’s Day and accompanies a bouquet of red roses. For...
NIFA

NIFA Lays Out Vision for Future Plant Breeding

Technology will be key to improving crops more quickly to feed a growing world. It’s no secret that a rapidly growing population that may reach nearly 10 billion people by...
oil

Is the Next Oil War Imminent?

Demand for canola oil has skyrocketed with the introduction of high oleic varieties some years ago, but will high oleic soybeans give it a run for its money? The canola...

New Colors, New Shapes, New Tastes

Updates on sweet pepper breeding for yield, resistance and more, and what's to come. For our annual fruit and vegetable issue, leading sweet pepper breeders share the latest on breeding...
germplasm

Germplasm Morgue or Gold Mine?

The NPGS is the largest distributor of plant genetic resources in the world. The USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) contains a wealth of genetic diversity including improved varieties, breeding...
sorghum

Something Revolutionary

It’s what sorghum farmers need, and researchers are delivering. In a few short years, sorghum farmers might be inundated with new hybrids from which to choose thanks to the discovery...
corn breeding

Innovation Broadens Scope of Corn Breeding Capabilities

No matter the path taken to get there, one goal for corn breeders remains the same: developing hybrids that can lower costs and increase yields for farmers. As the...
epigenetics

Exploring the Next Frontier of Genetics

For researchers studying epigenetics, looking at the surface of the genome could be the key to discovering the next big thing in plant and seed engineering. Classical genetics has been...
innovation

Innovation Offers No Guarantees. Here’s Why.

Creating something new and exciting doesn’t ensure your success — in fact, it could actually spell trouble if you’re not ready to face obstacles that may arise. Innovation. It’s a...
casis

Out of This World Plant Research

Looking for plants to feed interplanetary space travelers. Speeding along at 4.8 miles per second at 250 miles above the earth, plant scientists aboard the International Space Station (ISS) are...

Breeding Grass for Passenger and Airplane Safety

With new grass seed products aimed at repelling wildlife, DLF’s ClearSky project seeks to reduce airplane bird strikes. Bird strikes during take-off and landing are well known for the safety...

Cattle Producers Drive Oklahoma Wheat Breeding

Dual-purpose varieties for grazing and grain provide farmers and ranchers flexibility for in-season changes. There is more to the value of wheat than the value of its grain. In some...
alfalfa seed

Keeping Up With Alfalfa Advances

Whether it’s new conventional varieties with better winter hardiness and disease resistance, or a new GE product with herbicide resistance and improved digestibility, there’s a lot happening in the...
video

Kate Evans (WSU) New Role as Chair of PBCC, Advocacy, US Capacity for Plant...

More commonly known as the PBCC, the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee serves to increase awareness of plant breeding issues within the public sector, explains Kate Evans, a Washington State...
video

Brett Carver (OSU) Exploring Genomics, Undoing Miscommunication About Wheat, Germplasm Availability

In a conversation with Seed World's Publisher Shawn Brook, Brett Carver hones in on what's happening in Oklahoma State University's wheat breeding program, what drives it and how it...
bayer

Powerful Tools, Major Possibilities

New technologies are proving to be an asset to up-and-coming plant breeders, ensuring a healthy supply of them for the seed industry. When Kirby Nilsen was working on his undergraduate...