Join OSA and our fellow Upper Midwest Collaborative Plant Breeding Network project partners for a series of six webinars on organic plant breeding for independent plant breeders, farmers interested in selection, regional seed companies, and plant breeding students.
January 17 – Selecting High-quality Breeding Material
This second webinar in the series will focus on selecting high-quality breeding material. We’ll cover how to vet and access breeding material from a variety of sources, and how to define criteria for selecting parents. Specific topics will include using the National Plant Germplasm System and international genebanks, accessing germplasm from other breeding programs, how to write and negotiate Material Transfer Agreements, and best practices for intellectual property protection.
Although the content will be targeted to the Upper Midwest, much of the material will be relevant to other regions as well. Participants will benefit from online interaction with independent breeders, seed company breeders, and farmer breeders from around the U.S. Webinars will be interactive and accompanied by an online resources section.
This project was funded in 2014 by the Organic Research and Extension Initiative grant, part of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Grant number 2020-51300-32176.