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Improved Crops Can Double Agricultural Production in Europe
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: January 18, 2019 02:36AM

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is working within the CropBooster-P
EU project on a roadmap to make agricultural crops future-proof. The
CropBooster-P EU project will develop a pathway to sustainably double
Europe's crop yields by 2050 and prepare these crops for the needs and the
future climate of Europe. These crops should have higher yields, optimal use
of water and minerals, and the highest possible nutritional value and

According to WUR's René Klein Lankhorst, doubling crop yield of European
agriculture by 2050 is feasible by optimizing photosynthesis. "The current
agricultural crops now convert a surprisingly low percentage of sunlight
into plant biomass; some 0.5 to 1%. Doubling the percentage to 1 to 2% is
all we need and this has already been scientifically proven to be possible."
Lankhorst adds that improved crops will also have to use water and minerals
such as nitrogen and phosphorus very efficiently.


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