New Plant Breeding Methods
In 2050, nearly ten billion people will populate our planet – almost twice as many as in 1990.
Feeding the growing world population poses an enormous challenge for the global farming community and the global agricultural business. More than ever before, sustainable land use is key, along with stable and reliable yield. Plant breeding makes a significant contribution to that goal. Crops like corn, wheat or potatoes have been feeding mankind for many centuries. Changing environments and lifestyles have challenged mankind again and again to use the knowledge of their time to adapt agriculture to their nutritional needs. New breeding methods provide a unique opportunity going forward. Their robustness and simplicity will significantly speed up the development and release of new, well adapted, stable and high yielding crop varieties. They will mitigate the ever increasing problems with pests, diseases, droughts and soil degradation triggered by climate change and help secure global food production in sufficient quantities and at affordable prices.
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