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Improving global integration of crop research: Field laboratories in realistic crop environments are needed

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  • Matthew P. Reynolds
  • H. J. Braun
  • A. J. Cavalieri
  • S. Chapotin
  • William John Davies
  • P. Ellul
  • C. Feuillet
  • B. Govaerts
  • M. J. Kropff
  • H. Lucas
  • J. Nelson
  • W. Powell
  • E. Quilligan
  • M. W. Rosegrant
  • Ravi P. Singh
  • Kai Sonder
  • H. Tang
  • S. Visscher
  • R. Wang
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>28/07/2017
Issue number6349
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)359-360
Publication statusPublished
Early online date28/07/17
Original languageEnglish


In recent decades, the scientific, development, and farm communities have contributed to substantial gains in crop productivity, including in many less developed countries (LDCs) (1), yet current yield trends and agri-food systems are inadequate to match projected demand (2). Addressing transnational crop challenges will require refinement of research infrastructure and better leverage of global
expertise and technologies. Drawing on lessons learned from international collaboration in wheat, we outline how such a model could evolve into a Global Crop Improvement Network (GCIN) encompassing most staple food crops, providing access to well controlled “field laboratories,” while harmonizing research practices and sharing data.Combined with socioeconomic and cropping
systems research, a GCIN could revolutionize the ability to understand and model crop responses to environments globally and accelerate adoption of vital technologies.