May 1st Program:
MGF Monthly Educational Meeting
CASEE Center, Bldg B, Rm 202/205,
11104 NE 149th St, Brush Prairie WA
Culinary Breeding Network: bridging the gap between breeders and eaters
with Lane Selman, Owner, Culinary Breeding Network
Plant breeders are decision makers. When a plant breeder crosses two different plants of the same species, the following generations are widely diverse. Different traits within the two parents’ genetics show up in each offspring, creating a spectrum of variation—not unlike the differences in siblings—including different flavors, shapes, sizes and colors. The plant breeder then decides which to keep and which to discard. Often times, these decisions are made without much outside input. The Culinary Breeding Network was created to bring plant breeders together with fresh market farmers, chefs, produce buyers, food journalists and other leaders in the food community to bridge the gap between breeders and eaters with a goal of developing higher quality, more relevant and desirable vegetable cultivars. Learn more at www.culinarybreedingnetwork.com.
Lane Selman grew up on a citrus farm her Sicilian great-grandparents planted in 1919 on Florida's space coast. She has a Bachelors in Agronomy and a Masters in Entomology, both from University of Florida. In 2000, she moved to Oregon and since 2005 has been an agricultural researcher at Oregon State University working with diversified, organic farmers on collaborative research projects. In 2012, Lane created the Culinary Breeding Network to build communities of plant breeders, seed growers, farmers, produce buyers, chefs and other stakeholders to improve quality in vegetables and grains. She lives in Portland, Oregon.