COR Paper: Scott Phillips

Plants bred for monoculture require inputs for high fertility, and to control weeds, pests and diseases. Plants that are bred for such monospecific communities are likely to be incompatible with the deployment of biodiversity to improve resource use and underpin ecosystem services. Two different approaches to breeding for agricultural diversity are described: (1) the use of composite cross populations and (2) breeding for improved performance in crop mixtures.

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