The world is constantly changing, and these changes are not favorable to agriculture. We have a shrinking land base on which crops can be grown due to urbanization. As you’ve heard many times, we have an increasing population, which means more food is needed. And, we also have a changing climate; land that was once considered optimal for growing crops is becoming marginalized. This means we need to focus our efforts on how to best grow crops in suboptimal conditions — something that has countless impacts.
In thinking about this, I’ve simplified the areas of focus into three general categories. These include improved root growth, abiotic stress tolerance, and improving yields and end use quality.