Agriculture faces increasing global demand for food from population growth and strong growth in per capita consumption due to economic development. It is widely accepted that this food needs to be produced from a similar area of land to that currently under cultivation, establishing the need to satisfy demands for more food by increasing agricultural productivity by crop breeding and improved crop management. Analysis of current growth in productivity for major crop species suggests that productivity growth will not be sufficient to satisfy the predicted growth. More aggressive innovation in plant breeding is a major option that may help to close the gap between the growth rates of production and demand. Plant Biotechnology Journal, Volume 12, Issue 6, pages 655–662, August 2014.
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