The History of Hybrid Plants

Events

Charles Darwin publishes his theory of evolution

1859

Gregor Mendel publishes his findings on hybrid pea plants

1866

Double crossing almost exclusively

1926 - 1960

First commercial use of hybrid corn seeds

1926

Hybrid plants gain the attention of Midwestern farmers

1930

Demand for hybrid corn seeds exceeds production in the corn belt

1935

First GMO crops

1982

Hybrid plant varieties can be protected by US patent

1994