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The global plant breeding website is now the main site for coordination of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee. The Plant Breeding CC (SCC 080) will be a forum for leadership regarding issues, problems and opportunities of long-term strategic importance to the contribution of plant breeding to national goals.

Annual meeting for 2010 - meeting, hosted by Pioneer Hi-Bred in Johnston, Iowa

The outreach name of our group (decided at the 2008 annual plant breeding workshop) is the National Association of Plant Breeders (an initiative of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee). NAPB website

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Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (SCC 080) information:

Plant Breeding - The Foundation of Agriculture

Plant breeding is everywhere in the civilized world, providing new cultivars (cultivated varieties) of useful crops for commercial growers, subsistence farmers, and home gardeners. Agriculture is the foundation of civilization, and plant breeding is the foundation of agriculture. Plant breeders work with field crops (grains, legumes, forages, roots, and fiber), forest crops (lumber, paper, and veneer), horticultural crops (vegetables, fruits, flowers, ornamentals, and turf), and with crops producing medicines or providing environmental remediation. Plant breeders are involved in the collection of germplasm (seeds and other propagules of land races, local cultivars, undeveloped populations, and wild relatives) around the world, especially from centers of diversity for useful crops. They preserve, evaluate, and distribute the germplasm to those interested in working with the crop. Plant breeders develop new cultivars having higher yield, earlier maturity, better adaptation, improved quality, and higher resistance to diseases, insects, and environmental stresses. Along with other agricultural researchers and extensionists, plant breeders have provided the world's population with plentiful food, improved health and nutrition, and beautiful landscapes.

Introductory Information on the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (by Stephen Baenziger)

In February, at a meeting attended by about 160 participants from all over the USA, representing both the public and private sector, we formed the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee.  The Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee will be a forum for leadership regarding issues, problems and opportunities of long-term strategic importance to the contribution of plant breeding to national goals.  We are especially concerned about the significant reduction in public-sector commitment to plant breeding infrastructure and training.

We believe that plant breeding is becoming increasing important to meet the national goals, specifically, 1) Excellence in Science and Technology, 2) A Globally Competitive Agricultural System, 3) Competitiveness, Sustainability, and Quality of Life in Rural America, 4) Safe and Secure Food and Fiber Population, 5) Healthy, Well-nourished Population, and 6) Harmony Between Agriculture and the Environment. We have subcommittees addressing each of these goals. In addition, we have a committee addressing issues relating to education and developing the next generation of plant breeders, as well as, educating the public to understand our science so that we will have the freedom to use our science help improve our national productivity and environment. Additional information about the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee and its members can be found at our web pages:


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