Plant breeding started with sedentary agriculture particularly the domestication of the first agricultural plants a practice which is estimated to date back 9000 to 11000 years initially early human farmers selected food plants with particular desirable characteristics and used these as a seed source for subsequent generations resulting in an accumulation of characteristics over time. In the 1906 edition of his classic text on plant breeding liberty hyde bailey describes some of the recent plant breeding practices of that time including the efforts of luther burbank those whom bailey considers to be practical plant breeders for commercial purposes the agricultural experiment stations of the united states and canada . The rest of this web site discusses the methods for creating transgenic plants the plants that have been created their evaluation and regulation and the many issues that have arisen as a result of this new phase in the history in plant breeding
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