An individual can easily go it alone, particularly if he (or she) is a small farmer or market gardener. And the rewards for a successful cultivar can be huge (see royalties). However, a group of like-minded individuals who organise themselves into a plant breeding club will have many benefits, because they can share their enthusiasm, their knowledge, their work, their costs, their sense of achievement, and their royalties. Possibly the most effective club is the university breeding club, operated by students under the supervision of a professor. An amateur breeding club may wish to associate itself with a university breeding club, for their mutual cooperation and benefit. More information on plant breeding clubs is provided in Return to Resistance (available as a free download at www.sharebooks.ca).
If there were 100 potato breeding clubs in the world, each screening 100,000 true seedlings a year, there would be a total of 10 million seedlings being screened annually. After one or two decades of cumulative breeding, there would be:
> A virtual elimination of potato parasites, worldwide,
> A virtual elimination of the need for crop protection chemicals in potato crops, worldwide,
> An elimination of the recurrent need for expensive certified seed, and
> Several near-perfect, but different, potato cultivars for each agro-ecosystem.
There seems to be little doubt that these targets can be achieved with horizontal resistance, and this is a possibility that clearly merits investigation.
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