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Plant Science Major

Plant Science Major

Plant Breeding and Genetics

Modern plant breeding is an increasingly sophisticated, research-driven, high-investment business.

When you specialize in Plant Breeding and Genetics, you respond to global challenges and human needs by enhancing the world's future food, fiber, flowers, pharmaceutical and fuel supplies.

Learn about plant stress, and how to improve and conserve genetic resources. Develop novel breeding methodologies and discover economically important genes and varieties. Make better crops and more nourishing food.  Use state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, and research greenhouses, farms, and specialized equipment

Work in plant breeding or biotechnology.  Create new kinds of plant species and improve existing ones.  Develop useful traits, such as disease resistance and drought tolerance. Improve plant appearance, fragrance and flavor. Maintain yields in important crops.