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Scott Brainard

Research Fellow – Breeding

(608) 448-6432 ext. 107

Scott coordinates many aspects of the Savanna Institute’s work on perennial crop breeding, with a particular focus on hazelnuts.  This includes at-scale variety trialing, wild germplasm evaluation, and collaborating with land-grant universities to improve our understanding of the genetic control of key traits in hazelnut.  A former organic vegetable farmer, Scott received his MSc degree in Plant Sciences from Wageningen University, and his PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  Scott is passionate about perennial crop improvement that supports more sustainable agroforestry systems.