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.

Career Option

  • 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.

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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

Working Condition

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.

Personal Skill

  • • Enthusiasm
  • 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.

Educational Qualification

  • 10+2 with Science stream
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