( Courtesy Sakata Seed America )

Sakata Seed America, Morgan Hill, Calif., has hired Brian Just as sweet pepper lead and senior plant breeder.

He has more than 15 years of experience in breeding sweet peppers, previously working with Seminis, Monsanto and Bayer, according to a news release.

Just has 19 issued germplasm and trait patents, including several products worldwide in the sweet pepper category. He has worked in numerous markets, including the U.S., Mexico, South America, Central America, Australia, Europe and Israel, according to the release.

“Brian is well-known and greatly respected in the industry for his influential work driving breeding efforts forward in a highly collaborative way,” Jeff Zischke, senior director of research and development at Sakata Seed America, said in the release.

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