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Genetic Tools from Nature and the Nature of Genetic Tools


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  1. Vol. 46 No. 5, p. 2245-2252
    Received: Nov 8, 2005

    * Corresponding author(s): phill005@umn.edu
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  1. Ronald L. Phillips *
  1. Dep. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute, Univ. of Minnesota, 1991 Upper Buford Cir., St. Paul, MN 55108


The opportunity to apply genetics to the improvement of crops is greater now than any time in history. Agricultural advancements will depend even more on genetics in the future as we try to produce more food, while being in harmony with the environment. The genetic tools available today and those to be developed will increase the precision of plant breeding and—at least in many instances—reduce the time required to respond to an ever-changing environment, both natural and social. A brief synopsis of some of the major events in genetics that led to the formation of the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) C-7 Division is presented along with many of the questions in crop science yet to be answered.

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