What do they do? Develop and produce trees identical to the parent tree for the purpose of propagating desirable traits.
Description: Scientific breeders pursue solutions to a variety of problems, ranging from designing trees that are better fruit producers to helping preserve species threatened by disease. Answers are elusive, and research can take years and follow an unpredictable course before bearing results.
Education: A researcher needs a doctorate in his or her field, but the field of scientific breeding also offers a variety of opportunities in support areas that require a less formal education, for those who have an understanding of arboriculture.