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General Concepts

Open plant breeding is a concept in which people share seeds for breeding, and volunteer to plant them out in field trials. By exposing new varieties to every available pest and disease in an organic growing environment -- and keeping seed from those plants that survive best -- it is possible to develop new varieties that are best suited to growing without any need for pesticides and fungicides. These techniques go against conventional plant breeding wisdom, but have been well established to work. In fact, the results of numerous projects to breed plants for disease resistance in this way have been well documented, and incredibly successful.