Plant Sciences


| Share

NDSU Plant Sciences Research Team Creates Documentary on Plant Breeding

An NDSU-made documentary on plant breeding is featured on YouTube as part of the educational outreach efforts of the Bean Coordinated Agricultural Project.

A 30-minute documentary on plant breeding was created as part of the educational outreach efforts of the Bean Coordinated Agricultural Project (Bean CAP). The film, titled “Plant Breeding: Science + Creative Problem Solving,” is available for viewing, along with other Bean CAP videos on bean nutrition and breeding research, on the Bean CAP YouTube channel.

The documentary was written, filmed, animated and edited by NDSU Bean CAP team members Shane Reetz and Bree Reetz, and produced by Dr. Phil McClean, director of the NDSU Genomics and Bioinformatics program, Plant Sciences professor, and Bean CAP director. Dr. Juan Osorno, NDSU dry bean breeder and Plant Sciences associate professor, appeared in the film and served as a content expert.

This film is part of a Bean CAP Educational Video Series available on YouTube. The team created five other videos for the series, each three to eight minutes long, covering topics such as an overview of plant breeding, Norman Borlaug and The Green Revolution, genetics and disease resistance, bean plant architecture, and food security. The video “What’s Plant Breeding?” features Osorno’s dry bean breeding project at NDSU. Osorno, graduate student Alison Stone, and Ph.D. graduates Magan Lewis and Angela Linares-Ramírez appear in the video.

The video series has gained notice nationally as a valuable source of information about plant breeding. “Instructors at other universities tell me they are using the Bean CAP videos in their classes,” shares Osorno.

After four years of multi-state efforts in research, extension, and education, the Bean CAP is wrapping up this year. NDSU bean breeding researchers who participated in the Bean CAP helped categorize more than 27,000 genes of the common bean, many of those directly related to traits of economic importance. This research was sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The Bean CAP and the NDSU Dry Bean Breeding project also were featured in the June 23 edition of AgWeek. View the article at

Source: Juan Osorno, 701-231-8145,; Phil McClean, 701-231-8443,
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

Creative Commons License
Feel free to use and share this content, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license and our Rules for Use. Thanks.