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Conclusion
- Agriculture in the developing world: Connecting innovations in plant research to downstream applications

The challenges surely are great, but the opportunities are there to harness the innovations of the worldwide plant science community and put them to use for the public good. The genomics revolution is creating its own revolution in plant breeding that cannot be ignored, nor should we avoid stepping up to the plate with courage when it comes to GM crops. The best argument we can make that GM crops can have value for the poor is simply to produce a few winners that such farmers really need and can benefit from. Sadly, we have very few examples at present, but if we really believe in this approach, we need fewer roadblocks and a clearer roadmap than we have had so far to reach that goal. And for all approaches to crop improvement, we clearly need more efforts that promote meaningful dialogs between bench and field scientists, better systems of reward within academia for such collaborative efforts and, perhaps most critical of all, substantial new sources of funding for serious projects that aim to apply the exciting innovations in plant science to problems faced by poor farmers throughout the world.

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