Crop Genetic Resources: Climate Issues, Economics and Policy


Sean W. Price (Editor)

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: TEC003030

Climate change poses significant risks to future crop productivity as temperatures rise, rainfall patterns become more variable, and pest and disease pressures increase. The use of crop genetic resources to develop varieties more tolerant to rapidly changing environmental conditions will be an important part of agricultural adaptation to climate change. Finding new genetic traits that can facilitate adaptation—and incorporating them into commercially successful varieties—is time-consuming, expensive, and technically difficult. This book reviews the types of genetic resources, the ways they have been used, and how they might be used in the future.

The book also discusses economic, scientific, and institutional factors that will determine the extent of genetic resource use and the benefits it might bring to climate change adaptation. Moreover, this title evaluates economic and institutional factors influencing the flow of genetic resources, including international agreements, and their significance for agricultural research and development in the United States. Finally, the book examines the composition of U.S. and international seed markets, regulations affecting agricultural seeds, the structure and evolution of the seed industry, and trends in private and public R&D in plant breeding.
(Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Using Crop Genetic Resources To Help Agriculture Adapt to Climate Change: Economics and Policy
(Paul W. Heisey and Kelly Day Rubenstein)

Crop Genetic Resources: An Economic Appraisal
(Kelly Day Rubenstein, Paul Heisey, Robbin Shoemaker, John Sullivan and George Frisvold)

The Seed Industry in U.S. Agriculture: An Exploration of Data and Information on Crop Seed Markets, Regulation, Industry Structure, and Research and Development
(Jorge Fernandez-Cornejo)


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