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Dear New Farm,
I would like to thank James Beaver for pointing out productive
‘mainstream’ (mostly vertical resistance dependent)
bean breeding efforts in Mexico and Central America whose goal is
pest and disease resistance. Had I the resources to write an article
comparing and contrasting the various bean breeding programs in
Mexico, I would have loved to do so (any funding out there for such
Writing on deadline on the road in Mexico presents interesting
challenges. Within these confines, my intention was to elucidate
a unique and unduly ignored approach to crop improvement—horizontal
resistance breeding of the pure type (all vertical resistance genes
purged) as was developed in Mexico by Niederhauser and Robinson.
I also wanted to illustrate how successful scientific efforts such
as the horizontal resistance breeding programs can be not only ignored,
but be the subject of bias by scientists because they don't fit
into the existing paradigm.
Dear New Farm:
Your article by Don Lotter, Ph.D. was inspiring and seems to fit
all I know with regard to the politics of breeding. Could you give
me contact information for Don Lotter? I would be most grateful.
Peters Seed and Research
Editor’s note: Don Lotter
may be reached at Don@DonLotter.net.