Contributions of Conventional Plant Breeding to Food Production

  title={Contributions of Conventional Plant Breeding to Food Production},
  author={Norman E. Borlaug},
  pages={689 - 693}
  • N. Borlaug
  • Published 11 February 1983
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Science
Within a relatively short geological time frame, Neolithic man, or more probably woman, domesticated all the major cereal grains, legumes, and root crops that the world's people depend on for most of their calories and protein. Until very recently, crop improvement was in the hands of farmers. The cornerstones of modern plant breeding were laid by Darwin and Mendel in the late 19th century. As the knowledge of genetics, plant pathology, and entomology have grown during the 20th century, plant… 
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