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Resilience in plant breeding

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COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted our food system and has made the public more aware of its fragility and the need to build greater resiliency into the system, once we begin to emerge out of this crisis. However, COVID-19 is not the only threat on the horizon. We are facing a climate crisis that is causing extreme weather events to happen with greater frequency. This creates significant problems for farmers. Rising temperatures, salinisation of the soil and reduced rainfall (all of which are associated with climate change) can have a significant impact on yield. As we face this climate crisis, we need to grow crops that are able to adapt to the changing climate. This will require plant breeders to focus

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