Plant Breeding Education. How do we educate another generation of Plant Breeders?. Public Plant Breeding . Have Trained/Educated almost all current plant breeders. Number and size of programs is in near- universal decline—DRIVEN BY FUNDING SHIFTS
How do we educate another generation of Plant Breeders?
NEED to recruit students from biology, engineering, basic sciences!!!!
Researchers responded that GEM germplasm had contributed to their research objectives in many ways, and in particular has been used in many graduate research projects which have been well-published.
In addition, use of exotic-derived GEM germplasm with traits not found in maize of temperate origin enabled Iowa State University’s Grain Quality Traits Lab (Charles Hurburgh and colleagues) to extend their NIRS calibration for maize starch, oil and protein.
Of particular interest were how the GEM Specific Cooperative Agreement researchers leveraged their resources to provide for germplasm development, basic and applied research, and the number of graduate and undergraduate students that have been involved.
13 Ph.D. programs completed (seven working directly in plant breeding or closely allied science; two of these are now plant breeding and genetics faculty)