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Source: Wyffels Hybrids news release

Scott Furbeck, PhD, has been named a product development manager for Wyffels Hybrids, responsible for testing and managing corn hybrids and seed technology.

As part of the company's Research and Development Group, Furbeck will plan and coordinate research activities and agronomic experiments. He will also help train the Wyffels Hybrids sales force on hybrid characteristics, product placement, new traits and general agronomic information.

"Scott brings more than 20 years of experience to our team, having worked with leading brands in corn breeding and research roles," said Shane Meis, PhD, director of research, Wyffels Hybrids. "We are excited about bringing his experience and perspective to the Wyffels research program."

Prior to joining Wyffels Hybrids, Furbeck directed corn breeding programs in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana for Syngenta and Golden Harvest, and is responsible for many commercial inbred lines used throughout those states. While at Syngenta, he was one of the early adopters of a number of plant breeding technologies, including the doubled-haploid system.

Furbeck earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy and master's degree in crop science from Mississippi State University. He earned his doctorate in plant breeding and genetics from North Carolina State University. His thesis topic covered the use of molecular markers to incorporate exotic maize germplasm into temperate backgrounds.

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