Frontiers in Crop Production: Chemical Research Objectives

Science  06 Aug 1982:
Vol. 217, Issue 4559, pp. 505-510
DOI: 10.1126/science.217.4559.505


The science of chemistry and chemicals will continue to be an integral part of future crop production technologies. In assessing and defining the future role of chemistry three imperatives must be considered: (i) the necessity to preserve natural resources, (ii) the complementary solutions offered by the rapidly advancing biological sciences, and (iii) the specific requirements of developing regions where increasing crop productivity is most important. Chemical research objectives for improving crop protection and crop growth must take into account the perceivable and potential changes in crop production techniques, which, in turn, are dictated by a number of accentuating constraints.