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Report Identifies 5 Breakthoughs to Advance Food & Agricultural Research by 2030

July 25, 2018

A new report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine identifies the most promising breakthroughs that in the next decade will help increase the U.S. food and agriculture system's sustainability, competitiveness, and resilience.  The five breakthrough opportunities include recommendations for a range of federal agencies, as well as federal and private funders and researchers. They are:

  1. Transdisciplinary research and systems approaches;
  2. Sensing technologies;
  3. Data science and informatics;
  4. Genomics and precision breeding; and
  5. Microbiome

Susan Wessler, co-chair of the committee that wrote the report said, "At this pivotal time in history with an expanding global population requiring more from an increasingly fragile natural resource base, science breakthroughs are needed now more than ever for food and agriculture. The United States is the world's greatest agricultural producer and bears the tremendous responsibility of implementing scientific advances to support our nation's well-being and security, and perhaps even global stability, and the tools and resources identified in this report can ensure its success."

For more about the report, read the news article, watch the video, or download the infographic.