Breeding technologies to increase crop production in a changing world

Mark Tester*, Peter Langridge

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Abstract

To feed the several billion people living on this planet, the production of high-quality food must increase with reduced inputs, but this accomplishment will be particularly challenging in the face of global environmental change. Plant breeders need to focus on traits with the greatest potential to increase yield. Hence, new technologies must be developed to accelerate breeding through improving genotyping and phenotyping methods and by increasing the available genetic diversity in breeding germplasm. The most gain will come from delivering these technologies in developing countries, but the technologies will have to be economically accessible and readily disseminated. Crop improvement through breeding brings immense value relative to investment and offers an effective approach to improving food security.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)818-822
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume327
Issue number5967
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 12 2010

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