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Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future 

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Resource ID

17863

Access

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Genetic Resources

Crops

Grain legumes, Chickpea

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa

Global Date

17/Jun/2019

Title

Grow Faster, Grow Stronger: Speed-Breeding Crops to Feed the Future

Keywords

Speed-Breeding, Feed the Future, Genetic Improvement, Food Crops, Nature Biotechnology, Genomic Prediction

Language

English

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510 kB

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/science/food-agriculture-genetics.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

Publishing Location

Global

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Corporate

URL/Link

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/17/science/food-agriculture-genetics.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

Description

Plant breeders are fast-tracking genetic improvements in food crops to keep pace with global warming and a growing human population.Farmers and plant breeders are in a race against time. The world population is growing rapidly, requiring ever more food, but the amount of cultivable land is limited. Warmer temperatures have extended growth seasons in some areas — and brought drought and pests to others. “We face a grand challenge in terms of feeding the world,” said Lee Hickey, a plant geneticist at the University of Queensland in Australia. “If you look at the stats, we’re going to have about 10 billion on the planet by 2050 and we’re going to need 60 to 80 percent more food to feed everybody. It’s an even greater challenge in the face of climate change and diseases that affect our crops that are also rapidly evolving.”

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Date (Date published/released/created if known)

17/Jun/2019

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