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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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May 17, 2024

“A practical method to improve the efficiency of pollination in maize breeding and genetics research” with Dr. Dylan Schoemaker

Mismatched pollination times can make desirable genetic matches beyond the reach of practical plant breeders. Storing pollen is one solution, but limitations in cost and feasibility can make viable pollen storage tricky. This episode, Dr. Dylan Schoemaker shares his work developing cheaper, easier methods of pollen storage to extend shelf life, increase flexibility in breeding workflows, and bring those plant matches back within reach.

Tune in to learn:

·         What issues make pollen preservation difficult

·         How long this method can extend pollen life

·         How clumping can affect pollen preservation

·         How plant breeders avoid cross-contamination

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