How can we exploit above-belowground interactions to assist in addressing the challenges of food security?

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Can above-belowground interactions help address issues of food security? We address this question in this manuscript, and review the intersection of above-belowground interactions and food security. We propose that above-belowground interactions could address two strategies identified by Godfray etal. (2010): reducing the Yield Gap, and Increasing Production Limits. In particular, to minimize the difference between potential and realized production (The Yield Gap) above-belowground interactions could be manipulated to reduce losses to pests and increase crop growth (and therefore yields). To Increase Production Limits we propose two mechanisms: utilizing intercropping (which uses multiple aspects of above-belowground interactions) and breeding for traits that promote beneficial above-belowground interactions, as well as breeding mutualistic organisms to improve their provided benefit. As a result, if they are managed correctly, there is great potential for above-belowground interactions to contribute to food security. © 2013 Orrell and Bennett.

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Orrell, P., & Bennett, A. E. (2013, October 30). How can we exploit above-belowground interactions to assist in addressing the challenges of food security? Frontiers in Plant Science. Frontiers Research Foundation. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2013.00432

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