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Breeding for a Changing Climate

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Written by Sonia A. Hall, Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University, April 8, 2022.

Want to know how plant breeders in the Pacific Northwest are thinking about climate change and what it means for their work? We are building from the recent Good Fruit Grower article we highlighted last month, and writing a series of articles that delve into the realities of what breeding for a changing climate could mean in our region. We kicked off the series in March with an interview with Apple Breeder Dr. Kate Evans at Washington State University. We’ll continue with breeders of other regionally important crops. Subscribe to to receive alerts when new articles are posted.

Warmer conditions lead to more sunburn, making it important to understand the genetically controlled aspects that enable seedlings to respond differently to high temperatures. Photos: Kate Evans.


Sonia A. Hall

Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Washington State University


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