LED Lights for Speed Breeding

Speed Breeding Greenhouse Using a speed growing technique that employs LED lights has the potential to dramatically accelerate the process of breeding better-performing crops, according to researchers at John Innes Centre in England and Australian institutions, the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney. Results of the study appeared in January in the scientific journal Nature Plants. The new speed breeding technique means that it’s now possible to grow six generations of wheat every year—a threefold increase over current growth rates.  View Article

Accelerating Barley Variety Development

April 18, 2013 – New genetic technologies are being applied to the development of barley varieties that greatly increase breeding efficiencies.  Many of these technologies grew out of the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funding for the Barley Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) and are being used to enhance agronomic and quality traits of barley…

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