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David W. Johnson

Deputy Director General - Research


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PhD Agronomy & Plant Genetics, University of Arizona

Research interests

alfalfa breeding, biotechnology, plant pathology


David W. Johnson (United States of America) joined the Center as Deputy Director General – Research in January 2017. He is an agronomist and plant geneticist by training, with over two decades of experience in plant breeding, variety development and farming systems. Most recently, he served as the Director of Research and Plant Breeder at Cal West Seeds, an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences, leading the clover and alfalfa breeding program. He also served as a member of the USDA Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture. David is based at WorldVeg Headquarters.