100 Years Plant Breeding

Published on
February 18, 2013

Exhibition at Special Collections in the Forum Library with special and rare books, pamphlets and photographs on the history of Plant Breeding.

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of ‘Plant Breeding’ by organizing an exhibition together with the expertise group/Laboratory of Plant Breeding. From the first agricultural steps in selecting seeds for planting crops approximately 10.000 years ago till the discovery of the hereditary laws by the Austrian monk Gregor Mendel in 1866 mankind was already practicing plant breeding. But after the genetic principles were applied scientifically plant breeding really to flight. Wageningen played an important role, both the university as well as several institutes were working in this field. Special attention is paid to the breeding of potato varieties in the Netherlands. The exhibition closes on the Fascination of Plants Day, a special public event on the Wageningen Campus on Saturday 18 May 2013.

Open:  Until 18 May 2013, Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 17.00. Reading Room  Special Collections, Forum Library (building 102). More information and group tours: Special Collections, tel.  0317-482701