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An Historical Perspective from the Green Revolution to the Gene Revolution

W Paul Davies MSc, PhD
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1301/nr.2003.jun.S124-S134 S124-S134 First published online: 1 June 2003


Since the 1960s conventional crop breeding has increased food production commesurate with the growing population. For agricultural development to continue, the exploitation of greater genetic diversity and modern biotechnology are becoming increasingly important. This article reviews the milestones achieved by the Green Revolution and many of the recent breakthroughs of modern biotechnology.

  • crop improvement
  • genetics
  • food supply

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