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Industry Marks Borlaug’s 101st Via Twitter

Today would have been the 101st birthday of Norman Borlaug, the father of the Green Revolution.
Borlaug got his start with DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It wasn’t until 1944, when he participated in the Rockefeller Foundation’s pioneering technical assistance program in Mexico as a research scientist that he started working to improve wheat.
It was on research stations and farmers’ fields of Mexico that Borlaug developed successive generations of wheat varieties with broad and stable disease resistance, broad adaptation to growing conditions across many degrees of latitude and with exceedingly high yield potential.
Because of his achievements and efforts to prevent hunger, famine and misery around the world, it is said that Borlaug has saved more lives than any other person who has ever lived.
Members of the seed and agriculture industries marked the occasion on Twitter today with a variety of tweets honoring the man and his invaluable work.
For some perspective from Borlaug’s granddaughter, Julie Borlaug, check out this article that appeared in the February issue of Seed World.