Science: Something for the Farmer

A scientific revolution in agriculture is in progress. Examples of high-level science applied to agriculture:

High-Speed Breeding. Trying to develop a blight-resistant kind of oat, Plant Pathologist H. E. Wheeler of Louisiana State University envied the wholesale methods of bacteriologists. When they want a bacterial strain that is resistant to, say, penicillin, they treat a culture containing millions or billions of bacteria with the drug. Only a few may survive, but the survivors multiply rapidly, and soon the culture is alive with the resistant strain.

Plant breeding takes more time. The traditional way is to cross a desirable variety with a wild or...

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