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Agronomy

Grant, Cindy [1].

The Role of Agronomy in a Technological World.

The world’s population is forecast to increase to more than 9 billion by 2050 from the current level of 7 billion. There has been great progress made over the years in developing and applying technology to improve crop yields to meet the food demand of the growing population. Effective pesticides, use of fertilizers, improved irrigation technology and crop breeding and genetics have all contributed huge increases in crop production. However, the greatest and most sustainable benefits of new technologies occur when they are incorporated into production systems that work with the agroecological environment. Application of technology without consideration of its effects within an integrated system can not only fail to take advantage of the full potential of the technology, but may also decrease long-term sustainability of production. Agronomy is the science that considers the integration of specialized knowledge from a wide range of disciplines in plant, soil and environmental sciences into effective and sustainable production systems. The integration of knowledge through agronomic science will be increasingly important to address the risks to a secure and nutritious food supply posed by climate change, soil degradation, decreasing water supplies, increasing population density and the growing disconnect between agriculture and the urban population.


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1 - Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Brandon Research Centre, Box 1000A, R.R. 3, Brandon, MB, R7A 5Y3, Canada

Keywords:
agronomy
Technology integration
food security.

Presentation Type: Oral Paper:Papers for Topics
Session: 37
Location: Salon 2/The Shaw Conference Centre
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Time: 8:15 AM
Number: 37002
Abstract ID:1845
Candidate for Awards:None


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