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  • Posted on February 25, 2019
    A Different Beet

    Last fall, when the “Gastropod” podcast came to UW–Madison to partici­pate in the 2018 Wisconsin Science Festival, hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley asked Irwin […]

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    Plant Breeding: ‘The Slowest of the Performing Arts’

    The table beet is a biennial plant. That means, left to its own devices, a beet plant takes a full two growing seasons to complete […]

  • Posted on May 14, 2018
    Give | A Half-century of the PBPG Program

    The Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics (PBPG) program is marking an impressive milestone this year. In June, faculty, staff, students, and alumni will gather for […]

  • Posted on July 1, 2016
    Five things everyone should know about . . . Pulses

    1. You’ve eaten them without knowing it. If the word “pulse” as a food leaves you flummoxed, fear not. The word pulse comes from the […]

  • Posted on June 28, 2016
    Breeding for Flavor

    CALS scientists are breeding new varieties of produce that not only are delicious, but also will thrive in organic growing systems. And in a new collaboration called “Seed to Kitchen,” they’re partnering with chefs and farmers to help determine what works best.

  • Posted on June 9, 2015
    Plant Prowess

    CALS scientists from a wide range of disciplines help forge the future of a growing field

  • Posted on March 2, 2015
    Five things everyone should know about … Stevia

    It’s not just a sweetener. The plant genus Stevia includes more than 200 species of herbs and shrubs native to South America and mexico. Yet […]

  • Posted on June 19, 2014
    Gardening for the People

    Master Gardener Volunteers bring expertise and the joy of growing to diverse people and projects around the state.

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    “Open Source” Seeds for All

    A new form of ownership agreement keeps new plant varieties free for all

  • Posted on November 20, 2013
    Five things everyone should know about … Industrial Hemp

    1. It’s a booming industry.  The American hemp industry generates sales of $450 million a year, according to the Hemp Industries Association—about a quarter from […]

  • Posted on June 18, 2013
    Seeding an Organic Future

    CALS students and faculty are in the forefront of efforts to develop plant varieties for a burgeoning market

  • Posted on June 14, 2012
    Five things everyone should know about . . . Quinoa

    This “supergrain” is not a grain. Quinoa (KEEN-wah) is not even in the grass family, unlike such grains as wheat, rye, oat and corn. As […]