Breeding crops to feed 10 billion

Nature Biotechnology
Volume 37 Issue 7, July 2019


Review Article | 17 June 2019
Breeding crops to feed 10 billion
Development of next-generation crops will be enabled by combining state-of-the-art technologies with speed breeding.
Lee T. Hickey, Amber N. Hafeez[…] & Brande B. H. Wulff
Crop improvements can help us to meet the challenge of feeding a population of 10 billion, but can we breed better varieties fast enough? Technologies such as genotyping, marker-assisted selection, high-throughput phenotyping, genome editing, genomic selection and de novo domestication could be galvanized by using speed breeding to enable plant breeders to keep pace with a changing environment and ever-increasing human population.