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Integrating islands of knowledge for greater synergy and efficiency in crop research

Borrell, Andrew and Reynolds, Matthew (2017) Integrating islands of knowledge for greater synergy and efficiency in crop research. Food and Energy Security, 6 (1). pp. 26-32. ISSN 2048-3694

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/fes3.107

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/fes3.107/full

Abstract

A transnational approach to plant science is required to address global challenges such as food security and climate change. Action from the plant, crop and agricultural science communities will be required to meet these challenges. Islands of knowledge (e.g. crop, discipline, scale, environment, organization) need to be better integrated. Mapping is needed to identify gaps and make connections between these islands. Translational research, spanning from the molecular to farm scale, should be the focus. We need more `integrators' to manage complex global projects and integration should be recognized as an important skill in itself. We need to advocate teamwork over individuality - and reward teams. Impact should be taken much more seriously as an outcome and we need to better understand impact pathways. Focusing on key game-changers will more likely lead to impact rather than attempting to do everything.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Crop and Food Science
Keywords:agricultural research funding, benchmarking crop production efficiency focus food security Global Plant Council impact pathways integration across scales integrators Sustainable Development Goals synergy teamwork translational research transnational collaboration
Deposited On:10 May 2017 05:55
Last Modified:10 May 2017 05:55

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