I was able to spend some time in the Crossing Works department. There, they “arrange marriages,” as Ate Ritchel likes to put it. I observed how they cross pollinate many varieties, based on the desired traits that the plant breeders will select for. Ate Ritchel gave me several demonstrations on the conventional breeding methods they do, as well as let me have hands-on experience with the work.
Most projects will send their seed samples here to be crossed for them, since this department specializes in cross breeding. The department then gets paid for the cross work, which is normally taken from their project budget.