Global wheat production could benefit from closing the genetic yield gap

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Senapati, N., Semenov, M. A., Halford, N. G., Hawkesford, M. J., Asseng, S., Cooper, M., Ewert, F., Ittersum, M. K. V., Martre, P., Olesen, J. E., Reynolds, M., Rotter, R. P. and Webber, H. 2022. Global wheat production could benefit from closing the genetic yield gap. Nature Food. 3 (July), pp. 532-541. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-022-00540-9

AuthorsSenapati, N., Semenov, M. A., Halford, N. G., Hawkesford, M. J., Asseng, S., Cooper, M., Ewert, F., Ittersum, M. K. V., Martre, P., Olesen, J. E., Reynolds, M., Rotter, R. P. and Webber, H.
Abstract

Global food security requires food production to be increased in the coming decades. The closure of any existing genetic yield gap (Yig) by genetic improvement could increase crop yield potential and global production. Here we estimated present global wheat Yig, covering all wheat-growing environments and major producers, by optimizing local wheat cultivars using the wheat model Sirius. The estimated mean global Yig was 51%, implying that global wheat production could benefit greatly from exploiting the untapped global Yig through the use of optimal cultivar designs, utilization of the vast variation available in wheat genetic resources, application of modern advanced breeding tools, and continuous improvements of crop and soil management.

Year of Publication2022
JournalNature Food
Journal citation3 (July), pp. 532-541
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-022-00540-9
Web address (URL)https://www.nature.com/articles/s43016-022-00540-9
Open accessPublished as non-open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeDesigning Future Wheat (DFW) [ISPG]
ASSIST - Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online07 Jul 2022
Publication process dates
Accepted20 May 2022
PublisherNature Publishing Group
ISSN2662-1355

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