As Lönnig points out, Richard Dawkins and others are at great pains to deny the connection. Why would that be?
You do not need to study mutations for thirty years to predict that bombarding plant chromosomes with radiation will not lead to major agricultural advances.
I recently had a lively conversation with a former colleague at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne.
The interview is very accessible to the non-scientist and, in my opinion, is one of the best discussions of the major issues in this debate I have ever heard.
What happens when an up-and-coming European bioscientist flips from Darwin disciple to Darwin defector, builds a highly successful scientific career, and then writes a book about it?