Professor Daljit S. Virk’s plant breeding career spans five incredible decades. Growing up in a small village in Pakistan, he was surrounded by agriculture and was interested in it at an early age. He chose to study plant breeding for his MSC degree after being convinced by a friend that it could have great potential to serve farmers. Just after he finished his MSC degree, the Green Revolution began, and all eyes were on agriculture.
In this episode of Plant Breeding Stories, Virk shares how plant breeding technology has changed since his early days before the wide use of computers. He’ll share how he used unconventional and innovative plant breeding techniques to develop rice varieties that benefitted millions of farmers in India and discuss what opportunities he sees for the future of plant breeding.