Breeding crops to feed 10 billion.

Lee T Hickey, Amber N Hafeez, Hannah Robinson, Scott A Jackson, Soraya C M Leal-Bertioli, Mark A. Tester, Caixia Gao, Ian D Godwin, Ben J Hayes, Brande B H Wulff

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Crop improvements can help us to meet the challenge of feeding a population of 10 billion, but can we breed better varieties fast enough? Technologies such as genotyping, marker-assisted selection, high-throughput phenotyping, genome editing, genomic selection and de novo domestication could be galvanized by using speed breeding to enable plant breeders to keep pace with a changing environment and ever-increasing human population.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-754
Number of pages11
JournalNature biotechnology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jun 17 2019

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: We thank V. Korzun and C. Uauy for feedback on an earlier draft of this manuscript, T. Draeger for discussions, and T. Florio ( for the artwork. B.W. was supported by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council cross-institute strategic programme Designing Future Wheat (BB/P016855/1) and the 2Blades Foundation, M.T. by King Abdullah University of Science & Technology, L.T.H. by an Australian Research Council Early Career Discovery Research Award (DE170101296), C.G. by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (31788103), and S.L.-B. by the Peanut Foundation.


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