Professor and sweet corn breeder
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bill Tracy is chair of the dept. of agronomy, UW-Madison and the Clif Bar Family Foundation - Organic Valley Professor of Organic Plant Breeding. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in plant and soil science from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a Ph.D. in plant breeding from Cornell University. Bill’s group, team sweet, has developed sweet corn varieties that are grown commercially on every arable continent. Bill’s research focuses on the genetics and modification of endosperm starch biosynthesis, and the genetics of pest resistance. He also does research on breeding under organic systems. Bill has mentored more than 40 graduate students, most of whom now work in commercial plant breeding. In 2014 Bill received the Genetics and Plant Breeding Award from the National Association of Commercial Plant Breeders. Bill has been an advocate for public plant breeding and active in the Seeds and Breeds group and was a co-organizer of the recent symposium on Intellectual Property Rights in Public Plant Breeding. He is chair of the Maize Crop Germplasm Committee and the International Maize Germplasm Resources Advisory Committee and currently serves on the board of directors of Oregon Tilth.