My Life with Plants: A journey to new ways of breeding garden varieties

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Available for Pre-order. Due January 2021.
My Life with Plants: A journey to new ways of breeding garden varieties Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: The Conrad Press Pages: 224 Illustrations and other contents: 6 black and white figures; 9 colour plates Language: English ISBN: 9781913567422 Categories: ,

After a long career in agricultural research in the UK and then in Africa, Richard Gibson ‘retired’ and got an allotment. In his work, he had found that African smallholders often rejected varieties bred for them on research stations – and that participatory plant breeding (PPB) was the solution. He was somewhat surprised to find that modern varieties of vegetables also had, on the whole, not been bred to be ‘fit for gardeners’ purposes’, instead commercial interests dominating. Once again, PPB seems appropriate but it takes some very recent and exciting developments to enable this to work for UK gardeners.

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Author Biography

After a long career in agricultural research in the UK and then in Africa, Richard Gibson 'retired' and got an allotment. In his work, he had found that African smallholders often rejected varieties bred for them on research stations - and that participatory plant breeding (PPB) was the solution. He was somewhat surprised to find that modern varieties of vegetables also had, on the whole, not been bred to be 'fit for gardeners' purposes', instead commercial interests dominating. Once again, PPB seems appropriate but it takes some very recent and exciting developments to enable this to work for UK gardeners.