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Organic eaters want nutritious food, but some modern breeding programs may be increasing yields at the cost of nutrition. Learn about breeding programs working with classical breeding methods (non-GMO) to breed nutritionally superior crops.
About the Presenters
Philipp Simon is a USDA Agricultural Research Service Geneticist, and a Professor of Horticulture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research on carrot and garlic genetics and breeding is conducted to improve these crops for growers and consumers. Some of his key areas of interest include carrot and garlic genetics and the development of genomic tools and genetic improvement of carrot root-knot nematode resistance, crop diversity and origins, and the nutritional quality and flavor of both carrots and garlic.
Jim Myers holds the Baggett-Frazier Endowed Chair of Vegetable Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at the Oregon State University. He works on a number of crops, including dry and snap bean, edible podded pea, broccoli,
tomato, winter and summer squash, and sweet corn. His main interest has been to improve vegetable varieties for disease resistance and human nutrition while maintaining quality and productivity in improved varieties. Jim is also breeding tomatoes,
broccoli, and summer squash for organic systems. His latest variety release is the high anthocyanin tomato ‘Indigo Rose’.
Walter Goldstein grew up and received his education in Washington State but now lives in Wisconsin. He has bred corn under organic conditions since 1989. He was Research Director of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute for 25 years. He has recently
begun a research and education organization called the Mandaamin Institute for breeding nutritionally valuable crops and promoting healthy farming practices.\
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