George F. Sprague

George Sprague was a pioneer in the application of theoretical quantitative genetics studies to plant breeding. As a maize geneticist and breeder, his achievements included the development of Iowa Stiff Stalk Synthetic, a population that would eventually be the source for inbred B73.  Sprague's research was fundamental to the improvement of maize selection methods and population genetics and included coauthoring the paper that introduced the terms general and specific combining ability. The GFS Population Genetics Group strives to continue his work through the application of theoretical research to real-world problems.

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