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Seeds and Plant Breeding

Two handfuls of seeds (Copyright IStock).Do you want to find or save seed for planting or learn about or develop a new variety of your favorite plant? Find information about seeds and plant propagation methods for the home and commercial grower.

National Center for Appropriate Technology. ATTRA - National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service.

Provides sources for organic seed of both agronomic and horticultural crops with an emphasis on small alternative seed companies offering open-pollinated vegetable, flower and herb seed.

eXtension. eOrganic.

Collects seed production information for a variety of vegetable crops including production issues, organizations involved in regulation, testing, marketing and education and lists Northwestern United States University expert contacts.

USDA. Economic Research Service.

Data from the National Plant Breeding Study (128 kb | PDF) published in 1996 by Dr. Kenneth J. Frey of Iowa State University. This study of United States plant breeders provides a comprehensive accounting of national plant breeding research efforts and also provides the only national benchmark to compare current efforts and future developments in this critically important area of research.

International Seed Saving Institute.

Provides a glossary and description of basic terms, descriptions of basic methods and seed saving instructions for twenty-seven common vegetables sorted by difficulty.

University of Illinois. College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

"The purpose of this circular is to explain the principles of plant reproduction and to describe some of the simple techniques that can be used to produce new varieties or strains of plants."

Seed Savers Exchange.

A nonprofit membership organization of individuals working locally and internationally to save heirloom garden seeds and offering a large selection of those seeds for sale. The catalog of seeds derives from a diverse selection of vegetables, herbs and flowers maintained by the group in its seed bank and preservation gardens.