Researchers develop new crop varieties tailor-made for organic farms
Bill Tracy of University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA hopes to help organic farmers by breeding sweet corn that not only tastes good and yields well, but also competes strongly against weeds, naturally resists pests and diseases, and germinates early in the season. There may yet be another benefit. Unable to compete with the resource-rich breeding programs at private companies, public plant breeding programs at universities have been declining. Now, perhaps, organic breeding could offer a new niche.
(Crop Science Society of America, 05/02/2014)
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