Dr Dave Bubeck, Research Director for Corteva Agriscience and President of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB), discusses how new technologies and company mergers have transformed some aspects of plant breeding, while also supporting the foundational principles that lead to crop improvement.
In this episode of Plant Breeding Stories, Dr Bubeck shares stories of pollinating corn with Raymond Baker, the first plant breeder Henry Wallace hired upon founding Pioneer Hi-Breds in 1926. He discusses how genotyping and gene editing technologies have evolved the plant breeding industry and touches on some of the things that haven’t changed – including the need for breeders to intimately understand the crops they work with. Dr Bubeck also shares how the NAPB strengthens plant breeding by promoting food security and a sustainable future for agriculture.
The National Association of Plant Breeders – www.plantbreeding.org