Addressing Research Bottlenecks to Crop Productivity

Matthew Reynolds, Owen K Atkin, Malcolm Bennett, Mark Cooper, Ian C Dodd, M John Foulkes, Claus Frohberg, Graeme Hammer, Ian R Henderson, Bingru Huang, Viktor Korzun, Susan R McCouch, Carlos D Messina, Barry J Pogson, Gustavo A Slafer, Nicolas L Taylor, Peter E Wittich

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Asymmetry of investment in crop research leads to knowledge gaps and lost opportunities to accelerate genetic gain through identifying new sources and combinations of traits and alleles. On the basis of consultation with scientists from most major seed companies, we identified several research areas with three common features: (i) relatively underrepresented in the literature; (ii) high probability of boosting productivity in a wide range of crops and environments; and (iii) could be researched in 'precompetitive' space, leveraging previous knowledge, and thereby improving models that guide crop breeding and management decisions. Areas identified included research into hormones, recombination, respiration, roots, and source-sink, which, along with new opportunities in phenomics, genomics, and bioinformatics, make it more feasible to explore crop genetic resources and improve breeding strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-630
Number of pages24
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


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