Conservation - Genetics

Early in the 20th century, the infant science of genetics revealed that traits are passed from one generation to the next by genes.

Through cross breeding, or selecting two genetically related species to be the parent plants, plant breeders can hope to modify the characteristics of the offspring.

Modern plant breeders have succeeded in producing plants that are resistant to certain diseases.

My future family members may be getting a start in the pollination of this American chestnut tree.