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dc.contributorGovaerts, Bramen_US
dc.contributorKosina, Petren_US
dc.contributorSonder, Kaien_US
dc.contributorBraun, Hans-Joachimen_US
dc.creatorReynolds, Matthewen_US
dc.identifier.citationMatthew Reynolds, Bram Govaerts, Petr Kosina, Kai Sonder, Hans-Joachim Braun. (1/12/2012). Global crop improvement networks to bridge technology gaps. Journal of Experimental Botany, 1.en_US
dc.description.abstractTo ensure future food security, there is an urgent need for improved co-ordination of agricultural research. While advances in biotechnology hold considerable promise, significant technology gaps exist that may reduce their impact. Examples include an incomplete knowledge of target breeding environments, a limited understanding and/or application of optimal crop management practices, and underfunded extension services. A better co-ordinated and more globalized approach to agricultural research through the implementation of Global Crop Improvement Networks (GCIN) is proposed. Such networks could underpin agricultural research and development by providing the following types of services: (i) increased resolution and precision of environmental information, including meteorological data, soil characteristics, hydrological data, and the identification of environmental ‘hotspots’ for a range of biotic, abiotic, and socioeconomic constraints; (ii) augmented research capacity, including network-based variety and crop management trials, faster and more comprehensive diagnosis of emerging constraints, timely sharing of new technologies, opportunities to focus research efforts better by linking groups with similar productivity constraints and complementary skills, and greater control of experimental variables in field-based phenotyping; and (iii) increased communication and impacts via more effective dissemination of new ideas and products, the integration of information globally to elicit well-timed local responses to productivity threats, an increased profile, and the publicity of threats to food security. Such outputs would help target the translation of research from the laboratory into the field while bringing the constraints of rural communities closer to the scientific community. The GCIN could provide a lens which academia, science councils, and development agencies could use to focus in on themes of common interest, and working platforms to integrate novel research approaches on crop adaptation and rural development.en_US
dc.publisherOxford Academicen_US
dc.sourceJournal of Experimental Botany;1,(2012)en_US
dc.subjectanalogue sitesen_US
dc.subjecttechnology gapsen_US
dc.titleGlobal crop improvement networks to bridge technology gapsen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idSonder, Kai: 0000-0001-9672-5361en_US
cg.subject.agrovocfood securityen_US
cg.subject.agrovoccrop managementen_US
cg.subject.agrovocagricultural developmenten_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Maize and Wheat Improvement Center - CIMMYTen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems - DSen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes - GLen_US
cg.contributor.crpCGIAR Research Program on Wheat - WHEATen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Fund for Agricultural Development - IFADen_US
cg.contributor.projectEnhanced small-holder wheat-legume cropping systems to improve food security under changing climate in the drylands of West Asia and North Africaen_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.coverage.regionNorthern Africaen_US
cg.coverage.regionWestern Asiaen_US
dc.identifier.statusOpen accessen_US

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