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Developing and deploying climate-resilient maize varieties in the developing world

Author: Cairns, J.E.
Author: Prasanna, B.M.
Year: 2018
ISSN: 1369-5266
Abstract: In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Asia maize yields remain variable due to climate shocks. Over the past decade extensive progress has been made on the development and delivery of climate-resilient maize. In 2016 over 70 000 metric tonnes of drought-tolerant maize seed was commercialized in 13 countries in SSA, benefiting an estimated 53 million people. Significant progress is also being made with regard to the development and deployment of elite heat-tolerant maize varieties in South Asia. Increased genetic gain in grain yield under stress-prone environments, coupled with faster replacement of old/obsolete varieties, through intensive engagement with seed companies is essential to protect maize crops grown by smallholders from the changing climates in SSA and Asia.
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Language: English
Publisher: Elsevier
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Type: Article
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Pages: 226-230
Volume: 45
DOI: 10.1016/j.pbi.2018.05.004
Keywords: Grain Yield
Keywords: Resilient Varieties
Country of Focus: SUB SAHARAN AFRICA
Country of Focus: ASIA
Agrovoc: MAIZE
Agrovoc: DROUGHT
Journal: Current Opinion in Plant Biology

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    Maize breeding, phytopathology, entomology, physiology, quality, and biotech

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