Genetic approaches to reducing losses of stored grain to insects and diseases. uri icon

abstract

  • Insects and diseases devour or damage a fifth or more of stored food grains each year in many parts of the world. Modern breeding and genomics promise progress in characterizing the resistance to the pests responsible for these losses that is present in the vast and diverse gene pool of cereals, as well as advances in incorporating this resistance into productive and acceptable crop varieties. The impact of such varieties could be dramatic in developing countries, where grain infestations are most common and harmful, and where surging populations require affordable food.

publication date

  • 2004
  • 2004
  • 2004