Category Archives: Organic Plant Breeding

From the Field: Breeding Carrots for Organic Agriculture

Earlier this spring, OSA’s research team planted ‘Spring Market’ carrots at Midori Farm, one of several farms partnering with us on breeding work here on the Olympic Peninsula. The carrots were planted for seed production and will eventually be used … Continue reading

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Upcoming Course in WA: Breeding Self-Pollinating Crops

We hope you’ll join us for a course on breeding self-pollinating crops on June 16, 2014, in Greenbank, WA. Register today. “Breeding Self-Pollinating Crops” is a day-long advanced course with experienced plant breeder Dr. John Navazio of Organic Seed Alliance … Continue reading

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DEADLINE EXTENDED: Organic Ag Research Symposium

Call for Papers Organic Agriculture Research Symposium February 25 – 26, 2015 La Crosse, WI The deadline for paper submissions has been extended to June 30, 2014. The Organic Agriculture Research Symposium invites submissions for proposed research papers to be … Continue reading

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Washington Post Misses the Mark on Molecular Breeding Story

A recent Washington Post article by Adrian Higgins, titled, “Trait by trait, plant scientists swiftly weed out bad seeds through marker-assisted breeding” (April 16, 2014) overstates the potential of marker-assisted selection (a molecular plant breeding method) and makes the dubious … Continue reading

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Open Source Seed Initiative Launches ‘Free Seed’ Pledge

This morning the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) is hosting a rally on the campus of the University of Wisconsin – Madison to kick off the release of 29 plant varieties under a new open-source pledge. The initiative is inspired … Continue reading

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