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Sowing the Seeds for the Ideal Crop

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Science  12 Feb 2010:
Vol. 327, Issue 5967, pp. 802-803
DOI: 10.1126/science.327.5967.802

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Listen to plant breeders talk about food security, and the message becomes loud and clear: Substantial improvements are needed in current crops to achieve higher yields and sustainable farming. To achieve those gains, agricultural companies have turned to robotics and other measures to streamline breeding programs. And researchers are finding creative ways to introduce and use genes. The point is to make a plant that's tough, productive, and healthful. Here's a quick look at just some of the most desired plant improvements—and the techniques that might make them possible.