Growing the Future is a new report by The Royal Society of Biology about opportunities arising in plant sciences.
The report describes the potential of plant science to improve fundamental knowledge, enable the improvement of diet quality, increase crop productivity, enhance environmental sustainability and create new products and manufacturing processes
It was launched at a breakfast meeting in the Houses of Parliament, bringing together leading plant scientists, MPs and peers, researchers and education specialists, along with representatives of government departments and the Research Councils
Among many initiatives described in the report are programmes directed at
- developing crops with improved yield and nutritional content to help address food shortages and poor diet quality
- producing plants resistant to pests and diseases to reduce the hunger, economic costs and environmental footprint associated with crop losses, and to reduce reliance on ecologically harmful pesticides.
- creation of advanced crops for bioenergy, bioremediation, bio-based products and novel high value products,
A copy of the report is available here: