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Brett F. Carver

Ph.D., Regents Professor and holder of the Wheat Genetics Chair in Agriculture, Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, Oklahoma State University, USA

Dr. Carver currently directs Oklahoma State University’s comprehensive wheat breeding and genetics research program. Under his leadership since 1998, the program has released 18 wheat varieties for commercial production in the Great Plains, including Endurance and Duster, one or the other of which has led all varieties in acres planted in Oklahoma since 2010. Prior to 1998, he spent 13 years conducting quantitative genetic research on wheat, and to explore and characterize agronomic, physiological and quality traits in wheat.

In addition to his research, Dr. Carver has written or edited 10 books or book chapters, as well as published more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is editor of Wheat: Science and Trade (Wiley-Blackwell, Ames, IA), an authoritative and comprehensive reference book for graduate students, wheat researchers, processors, and practitioners. Dr. Carver is a Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy. Since 2011, Dr. Carver has chaired the National Wheat Improvement Committee composed of public and private U.S. wheat researchers and stakeholders, with its primary mission to educate and advocate on behalf of the scientific well-being of the U.S. wheat industry.

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Posted On: Tuesday, 7/30/2013 8:10 pm
A: I want to clarify that there are no transgenic or “GM” wheat varieties in the marketplace. The wheat varieties that you refer to are “genetically modified” through traditional plant breeding, and this question brings some important issues to the surface: the manner in which new wheat varieties are created and traits that serve as realistic targets. Singled out here is plant height, and whether or not changes in plant height may impact other characteristics of wheat. First, let’s step back... Continue Reading
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