About Crops of the Future
The Crops of the Future Collaborative is a public-private, multi-participant consortium convened by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research to accelerate global efforts to develop crops needed to meet food system challenges 20-50 years from now. Bringing together leading companies and research organizations, the consortium will leverage the knowledge, capabilities and financial resources of participants to expand the scientific understanding of traits that give rise to complex characteristics crops will need to adapt to changing environments.
The Crops of the Future Collaborative will generate knowledge that will bolster the breeding toolbox for multiple crops, strengthening essential scientific efforts in areas such as:
1) Understanding the biochemical, physiological, and molecular mechanisms and pathways that influence traits for complex characteristics in multiple environments
2) Prediction models for ideotype development and
3) Adapting or generating tools that apply across all crops within the consortium
Participant and Public benefit
FFAR is committed to providing a forum where the food and agriculture community can work together and pool resources to accelerate outcomes. Ultimately, the knowledge generated by the collaborative will be publically available through scientific publications and informational platforms, benefiting groups outside the consortium, in addition to private and public breeding efforts.
The Crops of the Future Collaborative is a deliverables-driven consortium aiming to generate knowledge that can accelerate breeding efforts. Each crop will target a specified number of traits per year and focus on identifying the molecular, biochemical, and physiological mechanisms and pathways that give rise to them.
With advances in gene editing and phenomics, the consortium is launching at a time when collaboration can accelerate discoveries in ways not possible in the past. While multiple efforts exist to advance breeding, this consortium offers an approach to leverage and enhance other efforts and increase the tools and knowledge available to the public and private sectors.
This year, Founding Participants Bayer, Biogemma, KWS SAAT SE, Elo Life Systems, FAPESP, FFAR, and Rijk Zwaan will support initial efforts to launch the consortium, including establishing bylaws and hiring an Executive Director. Each company will have a representative on the Crops of the Future Collaborative executive committee, which will set the direction for the Consortium.
Kees Reinink, Ph.D.
Rijk Zwaan is keen to actively contribute to the world’s food supply and stimulate vegetable consumption. Joining the Crops of the Future Collaborative, with leafy vegetables as one of the focus crops, can help us achieve this mission.”
This collaborative research with public and private partners will build on the investments already made in agriculture research so farmers like me can see the return on those investments through improvements in plants in our fields.”