Terry Berke, Ph.D.
Hot Pepper Breeder
Experience: 20 years
Since graduating with a Ph.D. in the early 1990s, Terry Berke has bred plants on three continents — including programs in Taiwan, Israel and the United States. Six hot pepper varieties developed by Terry, including the Mariachi, Holy Moley and Sweet Sunset, have received the prestigious All-America Selection (AAS) award for home garden plants. Whether he’s breeding seranos, jalepeños, anchos or any other hot pepper variety, he’s committed to bringing new and improved products to the market that have the disease resistance and high yield potential that the industry demands.
“I went into plant breeding because I like plants, and I like genetics, and I like solving problems for farmers.”