In this episode, Thomas Lübberstedt, a professor of agronomy from Iowa State University, shares his research goals focusing on doubled haploid technology in maize breeding. What are the challenges, what did they achieve already and what are the further research plans? How can doubled haploid speed up the process of getting homozygous lines?
A second focus area is on the organic farming industry. Within 2 organic projects, Thomas is working with a sweet corn breeder and a popcorn breeder on different research goals ranging from the use of natural traits instead of GMO to inbred performance under weedy conditions.
Thomas Lübberstedt is Professor and K.J. Frey Chair at the Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University (ISU). Thomas serves as Director of the R.F. Baker Center for Plant Breeding, and the Distance M.S. in Plant Breeding program. He is founder of the Doubled Haploid (DH) Facility, and Faculty Scholar of Plant Sciences Institute at ISU. Thomas served as chair of the Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee (PBCC) in 2016/17. He continued to contribute to the PBCC education objective and was co-host of the 2022 NAPB meeting at ISU.