Genetic strategies for improving crop yields

Julia Bailey-Serres, Jane E. Parker, Elizabeth A. Ainsworth, Giles E.D. Oldroyd, Julian I. Schroeder

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Abstract

The current trajectory for crop yields is insufficient to nourish the world’s population by 20501. Greater and more consistent crop production must be achieved against a backdrop of climatic stress that limits yields, owing to shifts in pests and pathogens, precipitation, heat-waves and other weather extremes. Here we consider the potential of plant sciences to address post-Green Revolution challenges in agriculture and explore emerging strategies for enhancing sustainable crop production and resilience in a changing climate. Accelerated crop improvement must leverage naturally evolved traits and transformative engineering driven by mechanistic understanding, to yield the resilient production systems that are needed to ensure future harvests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-118
Number of pages10
JournalNature
Volume575
Issue number7781
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 7 2019

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Bailey-Serres, J., Parker, J. E., Ainsworth, E. A., Oldroyd, G. E. D., & Schroeder, J. I. (2019). Genetic strategies for improving crop yields. Nature, 575(7781), 109-118. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1679-0