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40NobellaureateandlegendaryagronomistNormanBorlaugx19sdevelopmentosemi-dwardisease-resistanthigh-yieldingwheatvarietiesledtoanincreaseinglobaloodproductionknownastheGreenRevolution.ThroughhispioneeringworkinwheatgeneticsresearchBorlaugisotencreditedwithsavingmorethanabillionpeopleworldwideromstarvation.Todayworldpopulationisestimatedtobegrowingbytwopeoplepersecond.AccordingtotheUnitedNationsFoodandAgricultureOrganizationglobaloodoutputwillhavetoincreaseby70percentby2050tomeettheexpecteddemand.FeedingbillionsmoreintheyearsaheadwillrequirenothinglessthanasecondGreenRevolutionx14andwheatinnovationwillagainplayaprominentrole.agxdxfbx6xdoppxfrx12unix12yWheatisacropundereconomicpressure.Low-yieldgrowthandlowintensityacresqualityissuesandlowgrowerproitabilityarebarrierstosuccess.Wheatisbeingdisplacedbymoreproftablecropsandgrownonincreasinglymarginalacres.Wheatisalsocharacterizedbyahighproportionoarm-savedseedandbylowprivatesectorinvestmentinbreeding.Despitethesechallengeswheatremainsthesinglelargestcropintheworldwithapproximately500millionacresundercultivation.Notonlyisthiscerealthemostimportantoodcropgloballyitisalsoasignifcantsourceoeedanduel.Andwhengrownintensivelyitisahigh-yieldingcrop.Theglobaldemandorwheatisexpectedtodoubleoverthenext40years.Whatmakesthiscroptrulyexcitingthoughisitssignifcantpotentialortechnologytransormation.Relativetoothercropswheattechnologyisinitsinancy.Thiscreatesanopportunitytotransormwheatproductionworldwidebydevelopinginnovativetechnologyplatormsandreachingornewstandardsinyieldqualityandsustainability.Perhapsmostcriticallyeedinganexpandingglobalpopulationwithlimitedarablelandandresourcesx14waterinparticularx14meansgrowingmoreromless.Theonlysustainableapproachtomeetingtheuturedemandorwheatisthroughinnovationspecifcallythroughresearchanddevelopmentintheareasonativeandgeneticallymodifedtraitshybridwheatandthecombinationoseedsseedcareandcropprotectiontoaccelerateplantyieldperormance.Thisisallwithinreach.Marker-assistedbreedingallowsastertraitselectionandintrogressionhelpsmovetraitsaroundtheworldmorequicklyandacilitatesnovelcombinations.Doublehaploidtechnologyallowsbreederstoselectwinnersearlier.Hybridsandtraittechnologybothnativeandgeneticallymodifedholdgreatpromiseoryieldconsistencydiseaseresistanceandwaterandnitrogenuseefciency.Newtoolsinthehandsobreederswillmeansignifcantimprovementsinyieldandquality.thinkinx9likex6grxfwerThisyearSyngentawillinvest1billioninresearch.Wewillworktobroadenthearrayocropprotectionandseedcareproductsavailableorgraingrowerscontinuetoinvestheavilyinresearchandtechnologyexpandourhybridwheatprojectandprovidegrowerswithintegratedseedandcropprotectionsolutions.Takingthisx1ccereal-centricx1dviewwillallowustotargetsolutionsdevelopmenttoemergingagronomicneeds.Ourgoalistox1cthinklikeagrowerx1dtakingintoaccounteachothevariousactorsthatwillultimatelyhelpwheatgrowersbemoresuccessul.Thisisanincrediblemomentinthehistoryooodproduction.Wehaveneverhadsomuchtechnologyandknowledgetoworkwithandwehaveneverhadsomuchontheline.Wecaneitherputourheadsinthesandandhopethatotherpeoplewillfxthechallengeswex19reacingx14orwecantakethisopportunitytohelpshapeourownutureandsparkthenextGreenRevolution.JayBradshawPresidentSyngentaCanadaSparkingtheNextGreenRevolution