The importance of field and glasshouse trials in plant breeding
Plant breeders generally utilize a combination of glasshouse and field trials when developing and evaluating new crop varieties. Sophisticated glasshouses and field equipment have been developed for this work.
The ability to control the growing environment is extremely important in developing new varieties.
Field trials often involve large numbers of different varieties.
Controlled environment chambers in the field allow plant breeders to more closely mimic particular environmental conditions.