How to pollinate Carrots and Beets

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Ladies and gentlemen, here is the latest in my series of Pollination Methods videos that I make as part of my thesis project. While carrots and beets are not closely related, they share similar life cycles, pollination methods, and even breeding goals – so I put both of these root vegetables in the same video.

This time of the year, in winter greenhouses, plant breeders will be pollinating carrots and beets – sometimes in the same greenhouse. With help from the carrot and beet experts here at UW-Madison, I give you how to pollinate carrots and beets. Enjoy!

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Karl earned his Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics at UW-Madison, with a minor in Life Science Communication. His dissertation was on both the genetics of sweet corn and plant genetics outreach. He recently moved back to his home state of California. His favorite produce might just be squash.