Plant Breeding & Seed Improvement: Then & Now

  • Mrinalini Kochupillai
Part of the Munich Studies on Innovation and Competition book series (MSIC, volume 5)


This chapter studies the evolution of seed related innovations from four lenses—a historical lens, a scientific/technological lens, and an ecological/‘sustainability of innovation’ lens, and an economic lens. It finds that seed related innovations and improvement and the development of allied sciences, has, over the years, shifted away from being primarily in situ, to mostly ex situ in focus and approach. It also finds a connection between the (economic) interests of plant breeders and the direction in which this innovation and development continues to be steered.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mrinalini Kochupillai
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  1. 1.Max Planck Institute for Innovation and CompetitionMunichGermany

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