Quantitative genetics and plant genomics: an overview uri icon

abstract

  • The last fifty years have witnessed a significantimprovement in global food production. However,the required growth rate for food production in thecoming years is projected to be higher than ever, inview of the fact that the world?s population, growingat a rate of six million people per month, is likely toplateau at no less than nine billion people by 2050(Godfray et al. 2010, Science 327: 812?818). Thispopulation growth, mainly in Asia, accompanied bythe accelerated pace of economic growth in certainAsian countries and sub-Saharan Africa, has alreadydriven the demand for additional food, feed and fuel.Consequently, the first decade of the present centurywitnessed a deficiency of food grains and unprecedentedprice rises, such that a significant proportion

publication date

  • 2010
  • 2010