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Title: Grand challenges for crop science

item LAUER, JOSEPH - University Of Wisconsin
item GALA BIJL, CARON - Crop Science Society Of America
item Grusak, Michael
item BAENZIGER, P - University Of Nebraska
item BOOTE, KEN - University Of Florida
item Lingle, Sarah
item Carter Jr, Thomas
item KAEPPLER, SHAWN - University Of Wisconsin
item BOERMA, ROGER - University Of Georgia
item Eizenga, Georgia
item CARTER, PAUL - Pioneer Hi-Bred International
item GOODMAN, MAJOR - North Carolina State University
item NAFZIGER, EMERSON - University Of Illinois
item KIDWELL, KIMBERLEE - Washington State University
item Mitchell, Robert - Rob
item EDGERTON, MICHAEL - Monsanto Corporation
item QUESENBERRY, KEN - University Of Florida
item WILCOX, MARTHA - International Maize & Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Submitted to: CSA News
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 4/15/2012
Publication Date: 6/1/2012
Citation: Lauer, J.G., Gala Bijl, C., Grusak, M.A., Baenziger, P.S., Boote, K., Lingle, S., Carter, T., Kaeppler, S., Boerma, R., Eizenga, G., Carter, P., Goodman, M., Nafziger, E., Kidwell, K., Mitchell, R., Edgerton, M.D., Quesenberry, K., Wilcox, M.C. 2012. Grand challenges for crop science. CSA News. 57:4-12.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Crop science is a highly integrative science using the disciplines of conventional plant breeding, transgenic crop improvement, plant physiology, and cropping system sciences to develop improved varieties of agronomic, turf, and forage crops to produce feed, food, fuel, and fiber for our world's growing population. During the last century, crop science scientists have made discoveries that are now important components of everyday life and taken for granted. Despite these scientific achievements, the world today faces ever-growing challenges of widespread food insecurity and malnutrition, negative impacts of climate change, environmental degradation, and dependence on fossil fuel energy. Solutions to these challenges will be found, in part, through sustained, federal investment in crop science to address these challenges. Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) organized a committee to identify key grand challenges associated with crop science that, when addressed, will provide the tools, technologies, and solutions required to address and meet these challenges.