How can bioinformatics help feed the world in 2050? – Dave Edwards


The global population is predicted to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, while at the same time, food production will become more challenging due to climate change. A new agricultural revolution, based on genomics and bioinformatics, is required to meet this demand for food security. I will outline some of the recent advances in genomics, pangenomics and genome editing, and describe how these technologies are being applied to revolutionise the breeding of improved plant varieties, with greater yield and improved tolerance to the impacts of climate change.

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