Conventional crops: a dying breed
One victim is the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) in Mexico where — for the first time in half a century — researchers have been forced to skip a cycle of wheat breeding trials, because of lack of money.
In recent years, attention has turned to transgenic technology, rather than conventional breeding. But researchers argue that classical breeding is far from obsolete, and that future success lies in marrying conventional methods to genomic and other molecular genetic techniques.
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Reference: Nature 421, 568 (2003)