As part of its 250th anniversary celebration, state’s largest public college will honor its world-renowned program and a cornucopia of vegetables, nuts, and berries… Agricultural scientist Jack Rabin tends to show his enthusiasm when he speaks about the staff at Rutgers University’s plant-breeding program. "Rob Pyne has the most perfume-scented job on God’s earth being a Ph.D. candidate plant breeder of basil," he’ll say. And, "If Jim Simon were not here and did not have his germplasm collection who would do this for society?"… The obvious ardor of the associate director of farm programs at Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) is contagious. And it makes it difficult to dismiss his assertion that his coworkers’ contributions to the global food pantry are not only groundbreaking but of unassailable importance.
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