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The Breeder’s Eye – Theoretical Aspects of the Breeder’s Decision-Making

Timmermann, Martin (2006) The Breeder’s Eye – Theoretical Aspects of the Breeder’s Decision-Making. In: Ostergard, Dr. Hanne and Fontaine, Laurence (Eds.) Proceedings of the COST SUSVAR workshop on cereal crop diversity: Implications for production and products, ITAB, Paris, France, pp. 118-123.

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Document available online at: http://www.cost860.dk/activities/workshops/Production/doc/PROCEEDINGS-LaBesse-June06.pdf


The report describes an empirical research project which investigated the peculiarity and role of knowledge gained through experience in plant breeding from the breeder’s perspective. In this paper, a theory respecting the breeder’s decision-making process will be presented. The categories of knowledge that are important for the decision-making process will be sketched and three levels of consciousness elaborated. The integration of all levels of knowledge and consciousness is what in the end determines whether the breeder’s decision-making activities are competent or not. This complexity is defined as intuition in the sense of an invariant present. The empirical findings will be briefly discussed with respect to their importance to organic agricultural science and organic plant breeding.

EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:organic plant breeding, sociology of knowledge, epistemology, BOEL, BÖL, 04OE001
Subjects: Knowledge management > Research methodology and philosophy
Crop husbandry > Breeding, genetics and propagation
Farming Systems > Social aspects
Research affiliation: Germany > University of Göttingen > Rural Sociology
Related Links:http://bundesprogramm-oekolandbau.de, http://www.bundesprogramm.de/fkz=04OE001, https://orgprints.org/perl/search/advanced?addtitle%2Ftitle=&keywords=04OE001&projects=BOEL&_order=bypublication&_action_search=Suchen
Deposited By: Timmermann, Dr.agr.sc. Martin
ID Code:15078
Deposited On:27 Dec 2008
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:38
Document Language:English
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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