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Breeding

The goal of plant breeding is to adapt crops to man’s requirements. By selecting the best plants ...

The goal of plant breeding is to adapt crops to man’s requirements. By selecting the best plants our ancestors started the process of adaptation some 8000 years ago. Each selection process was an intervention in the plant’s genome.

Plant breeding today aims at:

  • Maintaining existing varieties of crops
  • Continually improving crops that represent the basis of our food

The driving forces of plant breeding in the future will be new and improved agronomic traits, better processing qualities and – as a long-term objective – the enhancement of a crop's constituent components.

The basis for any improvement lies in the genetic makeup of the plant. Through plant breeding, new genetic combinations within plants and a broadening of their genetic makeup are possible, enabling them to meet new requirements.

Breeding goals

High yield and better adaptation to mechanisation were major breeding goals in the 1970s.

The 1980s and 1990s saw ..

Sugar beet - Breeding goals

The present-day sugar beet varieties are the outcome of more than 150 years of breeding effort aimed ...


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