A warm welcome to everybody who makes their way to this site, especially if you have an interest in breeding for pest & disease resistance. My name is Arvana Robinson, and I founded this website in collaboration with my uncle, Raoul Robinson, who is probably the world's leading expert on horizontal resistance breeding --- an easy-to-use and highly effective breeding technique that has been shunned by scientists all over the world.
The world has an urgent need for crop varieties that can reduce the crop protection sprays that are being used --- as well as making it easier for organic growers to get the best yields we can, without losing a large part of our crops to bugs and blight.
These forums are here so that we can all share our ideas and knowledge, ask for help, and exchange seeds and other resources with each other. We don't really know how big this will get, but it feels like there is a lot of readiness and enthusiasm for these ideas, and we're hoping it will grow beyond anything we can even imagine.
So please register an account, if you haven't already, introduce yourself here and join in! This site is yours to help build into whatever you want to make it.
To introduce myself briefly: I live in Guelph, Ontario, Canada; and I am an entrepreneur and web designer with backgrounds in organic growing, mechanical engineering and home renovation. I have been eating almost 100% organically for well over a decade, and am a strong advocate for natural health and environmental conservation. I've talked to a lot of people about the principles of population breeding, and felt that the time was right to share these ideas in the most open way possible. And so the Open Plant Breeding Foundation was born!
Let me just say it again --- what will make this site great is the community of growers and breeders that we are hoping will take root here, and all of the connections, contributions and interactions that can grow out of it. Which means that you are very much welcome to join us and be a part of our community!