Crops that are difficult to breed should eventually become the responsibility of plant breeding institutes. This is because all the other easy plant breeding will be in the hands of plant breeding clubs. Institutional plant breeding should obviously concentrate on these difficult crops, leaving the easy crops to the plant breeding clubs.
Crops that are difficult to breed include the classic wine grapes (but the breeding of Phylloxera-resistant rootstocks by plant breeding clubs is feasible), banana, pineapple, citrus, sisal, hops, olives, date palm, and black pepper, but there are many others among the roughly 350 cultivated species of plants.
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