Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11816-011-0169-0
Title: Feeding the extra billions: Strategies to improve crops and enhance future food security
Authors: Stamm, P.
Ramamoorthy, R.
Kumar, P.P. 
Keywords: Crop improvement
Crops for the future
Disease resistance
Genetic engineering
Phytohormones and growth enhancement
Stress tolerance
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Citation: Stamm, P., Ramamoorthy, R., Kumar, P.P. (2011-04). Feeding the extra billions: Strategies to improve crops and enhance future food security. Plant Biotechnology Reports 5 (2) : 107-120. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11816-011-0169-0
Abstract: The ability to feed an expanding world population poses one of the greatest challenges to mankind in the future. Accompanying the increased demand for food by the expected nine billion inhabitants of Earth in 2050 will be a continual decrease in arable land area, together with a decline in crop yield due to a variety of stresses. For these formidable challenges to be met, future crops should not only by high-yielding, but also stress-tolerant and disease-resistant. In this review, we highlight the importance of genetic engineering as an indispensable tool to generate just such future crops. We briefly discuss strategies and available tools for biotechnological crop improvement and identify selected examples of candidate genes that may be manipulated so that current biological maxima in yield may be surpassed by comfortable margins. Future prospects and the necessity for basic research aimed at identifying novel target genes are also discussed. © 2011 Korean Society for Plant Biotechnology and Springer.
Source Title: Plant Biotechnology Reports
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/102449
ISSN: 18635466
DOI: 10.1007/s11816-011-0169-0
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