Jim Myers, Oregon State University; Heather L. Merk, The Ohio State University
During this webinar Dr. Jim Myers provides an introduction to organic production systems, as well as a rationale for breeding for organic production systems. Dr. Myers describes examples using broccoli, sweet corn, and zucchini.
This webinar introduces breeding for organic production systems, including:
Rationale for breeding for organic production
Comparisons between organic and conventional performance and production systems
National Organic Program (NOP) requirements that may impact breeding
This webinar also explores three examples of breeding for organic production systems.
This one hour webinar has been divided into seven videos, which are listed in order on this webpage. The eighth video is the full webinar. The powerpoint slides (in pdf format) are provided at the bottom of the page.
After this webinar, you should be able to:
Understand the rationale for breeding for organic production systems
Compare conventional and organic production systems
Describe how NOP requirements may influence organic breeding programs
Describe examples for breeding for organic production in broccoli, sweet corn, and zucchini
Part 1 - Introduction organic production and rationale for breeding for organic production systems
Part 2 - Comparing organic and conventional production systems
Part 3 - Compares organic and conventional breeding approaches
Part 4 - NOVIC participatory broccoli breeding project
Part 5 - Participatory sweet potato breeding project in Minnesota and the darkstar zucchini breeding project
Dr. Jim Myers holds the Baggett-Frazier Endowed Chair of Vegetable Breeding and Genetics in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. He works on a number of crops including dry and snap bean, edible podded pea, broccoli, tomato, winter and summer squash, and sweet corn. His main interest has been to improve vegetable varieties for disease resistance and human nutrition while maintaining quality and productivity in improved varieties. Dr. Myers is also breeding tomatoes, broccoli, and summer squash for organic systems. His latest variety release is the high anthocyanin tomato 'Indigo Rose'.
Development of this page was supported in part by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Solanaceae Coordinated Agricultural Project, agreement 2009-85606-05673, administered by Michigan State University. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the United States Department of Agriculture.