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Public Cotton Breeding Efforts in The Mid-South: Disease Resistance

W. P. Sappenfield


Perhaps Table 1 is indicative of current cotton breeding efforts for development of disease resistance in new germplasm by public agencies. I am sure that it may not be all inclusive, yet showing a trend toward reduced activity over that of past years. The decreased activity or complete elimination of some public agency long-term cotton breeding or applied genetics programs may have adversely affect in some ways bridging the gap between the fundamentals and the objectives of private agencies. Of course, "Publish or Perish" philosophies and short-term grant funding have encouraged this direction. However, it was refreshing to note during the recent Cotton Breeder's Tour remarks directed toward possible re-establishment of the former S-77 type of Cooperative Research efforts. With the advent of transgenics, conventional and basic breeding and germplasm development are still the main sources of transgenic fodder.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pp. 533 - 534
©National Cotton Council, Memphis TN

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