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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Definition of Plant Geneticists' Work.

Photo of two  geneticists examining a potato plant bred for late blight resistance. 

Plant geneticists work with a plant's genes to search for and strengthen--or weaken--certain traits. This could be the plant's tolerance to cold or the size or sweetness of its fruit. Geneticists also work to improve breeding methods and find ways to make sure future generations of a particular plant will have the traits that farmers.

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Last Modified: 2/14/2011
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