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What is a Plant Breeder?
Plant breeding is an ancient activity that originated as our ancestors shifted from gathering wild plants to growing them in a controlled manner. Modern plant breeders are scientists with advanced degrees in genetics, statistics, and plant mating systems. Everything we eat or wear, that is not derived from man-made or animal products, started in the hands of a plant breeder. What do plant breeders do? They fast forward evolution – using artificial selection (or “cherry-picking” parents) – away from what nature would typically...(click here to continue reading).