Closing the gap in plant genomes white paper
7th August 2018
According to the latest estimates, approximately 400,000 plant species are currently known to science; however 21% of them are at risk of extinction due to factors such as climate change, habitat loss and disease. Combatting these challenges is a key focus of plant research efforts, particularly in the case of crop production where we are reliant on a small number of species. It has been reported that just 20 plant species occupy 90% of arable land, highlighting our vulnerability to the potential impacts of climate change and disease. In addition, the growing population, which is anticipated to increase by approximately 30% to 9.8 billion by 2050, is placing increasing pressure on crop yields.
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