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Breeding, Part 1: Walnut, with Chuck Leslie and Pat J. Brown (PODCAST)

Last February, 2019, after the annual walnut crack out meeting, I sat down with Chuck Leslie and Dr. Pat Brown of the UC Davis Walnut Improvement Program. We first discussed the major achievements and recent outcomes of the breeding program with Chuck Leslie before turning to Pat Brown to discuss marker assisted breeding and how it is making the program more efficient.

You can learn more about the program at:



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Thanks to the Pistachio, Almond, Walnut and Prune Boards of California for their generous financial support.

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(This podcast hosted by Luke Milliron. Growing the Valley podcasts are hosted by Luke Milliron, Area Sustainable Orchard Systems Advisor, and Phoebe Gordon, Orchard Systems Advisor, both at UC Cooperative Extension. Original podcast posted at Growing the Valley. Music by Muriel Gordon. January 29, 2020.)

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