We start with variations on existing solutions - typically looking through the catalog in our program of genotypes and tools that are close and see if they can be adapted.
We look for solutions in other crops or disciplines then try to adapt them.
If all that fails we write the problem on the white board and leave it for a while. Take walks and let people write silly answers underneath it until something makes sense.
Edward Souza's Problem Solving Skills:
Edward Souza's Problem Solving Experience:
I developed a wheat with improved phosphorus availability for human nutrition
My team developed the first experimental milling system for whole grain soft wheat flour for selecting wheat cultivars
My colleagues and I developed and patented a self mulching cover crop
I developed more than 20 wheat varieties