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Crop Scientists Break Down Barriers at Ames Meeting

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Science  04 Sep 1992:
Vol. 257, Issue 5075, pp. 1347-1348
DOI: 10.1126/science.257.5075.1347


For years, crop science has been balkanized, with specialists in rice, corn, and soybeans, for example, working on their own commodities and attending their own meetings. But at the First International Crop Science Congress, held in July in Ames, Iowa—an 8-day event 3 years in the making—the discipline displayed a newfound hybrid vigor. More than 1000 researchers of various persuasions, including plant molecular biology, classical plant breeding, agronomy, and soil science, representing 85 countries, shared their expertise in basic and applied studies. Here are a couple of proposals for expanding world food production and another that shows the diverse roles crops can play.