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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Science For Kids: Plant geneticists
ARS plant geneticist Kathleen Haynes and plant pathologist Robert Goth developed two potato breeding lines that resist the worst strains of late blight disease. Plant geneticists work with a plant's genes to search for and strengthen--or weaken--certain traits, like its tolerance to cold or the size or sweetness of its fruit. They also work to improve breeding methods and ways to make sure that future generations of a particular plant will have the traits farmers want it to have.

Stories about this kind of research:
Tomatoes Go "Beta" When They're Orange
Cracking Nature's Color-Code
Nightmare on Elm Street

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Last Modified: 2/14/2011
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