Never before has the need to develop new and improved crop varieties been more urgent or more challenging.
Genetic diversity is the basis of plant breeding. Genetic resources – modern cultivated varieties crossed with wild relatives – serve as the starting point for developing improved varieties with new combinations of desired attributes through crossing and selection. Today, with an increased understanding of genetics, plant breeders are able to link specific genes to specific characteristics and make targeted improvements.
The seed industry is committed to developing better seed for a better quality of life. Better seed brings economic, environmental and health benefits. Improved seed that is resistant to drought and disease reduces the risk of crop failure thus supporting sustainable agriculture and global food security.
Accelerating genetic improvement through the development of new germplasm and technologies is critical to achieving sustainable increases in productivity. Never has the need to develop new and improved crop varieties, while protecting the environment, been more urgent or more challenging.
For more information:
- ISF position paper: ISF supports a single international regime to govern the development of all rules and regulations concerning access to all genetic resources for plant breeding (2012)
- ISF Guide on Genetic Resources (2019)