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Crop science review

April 2004

Review of Crop science (PDF 821KB)

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An independent review panel called for a national strategy for crop science research in order to help UK agriculture benefit from breakthroughs in the laboratory. In our review, the panel proposes a stronger national focus on research underpinning "public good" plant breeding.

UK agriculture faces new challengescaused by climate change, international competition (particularly in an expanded European Union), the threat of new pests and diseases, and changing food demands from the public.

The review outlines ongoing demands to reduce inputs to farming systems, understand links between diet and health, and develop novel non-food crops for biofuels and biopharmaceuticals.

The UK's position as a world leader in many areas of plant and crop science places the country in a strong position to deal with these challenges effectively.