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Intro to Plant Breeding

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Welcome to Backyard Breeding: Making New Plants! This introduction to plant breeding will give you the tools to start your own backyard breeding program by focusing on selective breeding, including crossing species and selecting for favored traits. This easy-to-understand, hands-on class covers basic principles of genetics, flower parts, and tips on making crosses. Tom Orton, Ph.D., a Rutgers professor and tomato breeder, shows you how to control the process of pollination, keep track of your work, and collect and store the "babies".

This class qualifies for the following professional credits: 1 CNP credit with DNLA and 2 NOFA AOLCP.

One lucky student in this class will win a free seat in Mt. Cuba Center's fern propagation workshop in September!

About the Instructor:
Dr. Orton earned his doctorate in Genetics and Botany from Michigan State University. Currently, he is a professor and vegetable extension specialist at Rutgers University, where he teaches plant breeding.