Plant Genetics and Breeder
As a plant breeder/geneticist you will work on improving the quality and performance of existing agricultural and horticultural crops and create new varieties of plants
Plant breeders/geneticists aim to develop useful traits, such as disease resistance and drought tolerance; they also work to improve characteristics such as appearance.
Modern plant breeding is an increasingly sophisticated
high-investment business. The majority of commercial plant breeding takes place within the private sector. Plant breeding work is also carried out in a limited number of research institutes.
Plant breeders are employed in a range of areas including:
• Government research agencies
• Commercial plant breeding companies
• Genetic engineering firms
• Seed specialists.
Courses to be pursued
• Bachelor of Science degree in Bilogy or closely related field such as Botany or Biochemistry
• Master’s or a doctoral degree in Botany or Biology
• PhD in Plant Genetics
Botany or Biology
The working routine follows a seasonal pattern and shifts are usually quite long with the plants requiring care seven days a week, although some months are less busy than others. Extra hours may sometimes be required depending on the experiments that are being carried out.
commitment and a strong interest in plants and plant science • Good problem-solving skills • Excellent oral and written communication skills • The ability to carry out work independently and with patience • A flexible approach • The ability and stamina to undertake research and long-term projects • The skills to manage a busy laboratory • Strong team-working skills • An analytical and investigative mind • Computer literacy and technical skills
as most laboratories are highly computerized.