Plant Breeding History

Explore the links below to learn more about the influence of plant breeding on our daily lives and how research at UC Davis has contributed to this impact.


Screen Shot 2015-12-15 at 10.26.10100 Years of Breeding – UC Davis Plant Breeding Program

PDF document, 52 pages. Edited by Allen Van Deynze.

Summarizing 100 years of history in plant breeding at UC Davis is a formidable task. As a land-grant university, UC Davis has played a major role in developing and managing many of the more than 350 plant commodities now grown in California. The diversity of crops ranges across vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, forages, ornamentals and turf. In the early 1900s the focus was on a few grain crops, and has expanded considerably since that time.


Major Contributors

Read about the accomplishments of UCD plant breeding pioneers.




151334displayUCD Varieties

Explore the diversity of varieties released by UCD plant breeders.