1248: Plant Science

This paper is the taken from the 2009 Frank Arden Memorial Award Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust report, ‘Science and Technology for Farming and Food’ by Lindsay Hargreaves. Other papers cover other aspects of the report

Year of Publication2011

Progress of different technologies will influence each other. For example, when we have smart machines capable of controlling weeds at the individual weed level we will be less concerned about herbicide tolerances in crop plants. Plant breeding has not concerned itself with water and nutrient efficiencies but this is changing. Conventional breeding will continue to deliver incremental improvements in yield, quality and pest and disease resistance but there is also plenty of scope for honing husbandry. Transgenics remains a high risk option but has demonstrated huge benefits with massive uptake in some crops in some areas.

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