Rapid delivery systems for future food security

Rapid delivery systems for future food security

To the Editor— The existing world population of 7.8 billion is forecasted to reach 10 billion by 2057 ( https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/#pastfuture). Future access to budget-friendly and healthy food will be difficult, with poor nutrition currently impacting one in 3 individuals worldwide. The farming sector presently offers incomes for 1.1 billion individuals and represent 26.7%of worldwide work ( https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SL.AGR.EMPL.ZS). Our dependence on a little number of crop types for farming calorie production and deficiency of land, soil, water and hereditary resources, integrated with severe weather condition occasions and altering disease/pest characteristics, are currently threatening future food security 1 Environment modification– caused decreases in the international yield of significant crops (for instance, rice, wheat, maize and soybean) are more noticable in low-latitude areas and therefore impact farmers in establishing nations 2 As appears from temperate cereal crops, a robust seed system that provides enhanced cultivars to change old cultivars is a possible technique to adjusting farming to environment modification 3 Here we supply a summary of how seed input supply systems and brand-new production and collecting innovations can produce increased earnings for establishing world farmers and provide much better items to customers.

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Fig. 1: Rapid shipment of brand-new cultivars to farmer fields and much better items to markets.


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The authors thank the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, The University of Western Australia, and Director General, ICRISAT for supporting a global workshop in Perth, Australia, to conceptualize subjects in the short article. R.K.V. acknowledges assistance from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for carrying out research study on seed shipment systems through the Tropical Legumes jobs at ICRISAT.

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  1. Centre of Excellence in Genomics and Systems Biology, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India

    Rajeev K. Varshney, Manish Roorkiwal, Rutwik Barmukh, Annapurna Chitikineni & Arvind Kumar

  2. State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, Centre for Crop and Food Innovation, Food Futures Institute, Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia, Australia

    Rajeev K. Varshney

  3. The UWA Institute of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

    Rajeev K. Varshney, Manish Roorkiwal, Wallace Cowling, Janine Croser, David Edwards, Muhammad Farooq, A. Harvey Millar & Kadambot H. M. Siddique

  4. ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur, India

    Abhishek Bohra

  5. School of Life Sciences and Center for Soybean Research of the State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong, China

    Hon-Ming Lam

  6. Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia

    Lee T. Hickey

  7. School of Agriculture and Environment, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia

    Janine Croser

  8. School of Biological Science, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia

    David Edwards

  9. Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture & Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Al Khoud, Oman

    Muhammad Farooq

  10. International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Heroica Veracruz, Mexico

    José Crossa

  11. Molecular Systems Biology (MOSYS), Department of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology and Vienna Metabolomics Center (VIME), University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

    Wolfram Weckwerth

  12. ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, School of Molecular Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Western Australia, Australia

    A. Harvey Millar

  13. John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK

    Michael W. Bevan

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Rajeev K. Varshney

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Varshney, R.K., Bohra, A., Roorkiwal, M. et al. Rapid shipment systems for future food security.
Nat Biotechnol39, 1179–1181(2021). https://doi.org/101038/ s41587-021-01079- z

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