Improving global integration of crop research:Field laboratories in realistic crop environments are needed

Reynolds, Matthew P. and Braun, H. J. and Cavalieri, A. J. and Chapotin, S. and Davies, William John and Ellul, P. and Feuillet, C. and Govaerts, B. and Kropff, M. J. and Lucas, H. and Nelson, J. and Powell, W. and Quilligan, E. and Rosegrant, M. W. and Singh, Ravi P. and Sonder, Kai and Tang, H. and Visscher, S. and Wang, R. (2017) Improving global integration of crop research:Field laboratories in realistic crop environments are needed. Science, 357 (6349). pp. 359-360. ISSN 0036-8075

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Abstract

In recent decades, the scientific, development, and farm communities have contributed to substantial gains in crop productivity, including in many less developed countries (LDCs) (1), yet current yield trends and agri-food systems are inadequate to match projected demand (2). Addressing transnational crop challenges will require refinement of research infrastructure and better leverage of global expertise and technologies. Drawing on lessons learned from international collaboration in wheat, we outline how such a model could evolve into a Global Crop Improvement Network (GCIN) encompassing most staple food crops, providing access to well controlled “field laboratories,” while harmonizing research practices and sharing data.Combined with socioeconomic and cropping systems research, a GCIN could revolutionize the ability to understand and model crop responses to environments globally and accelerate adoption of vital technologies.

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Journal Article
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Science
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89094
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09 Jan 2018 09:42
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Published
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08 Jul 2020 06:49