‘Universities require funding to do groundwork in breeding’

Ockert Greyvenstein

Ockert Greyvenstein

“Technology developed and implemented by the major food crops is likely to be implemented in floriculture crops to help with breeding progress”, expects Ockert Greyvenstein, Ph.D. Candidate 2013, Plant Breeding at the Texas A&M University (US). “Look at what is being done with in major food crops. Leaving GMOs out of the conversation, the genotyping technology to aid breeders in making progress is amazing.”
He answered this on questions from Laura Drotleff, editor of the US trade magazine Greenhouse Grower. In a series of interviews with ‘Today’s Breeders On Tomorrow’s Plants’ the next generation of breeders is questioned by the editor if they are up to the challenge. In his contribution to the series Greyvenstein doubts about how far private industry in floriculture has adapted some of the mentioned technologies. “But universities require funding to do the groundwork so industry can deploy the techniques available.”