darwinian agriculture is a very important contribution to our understanding of the links between nature and agriculture and to the future of our human race denison underpins his arguments with an incredible wealth of insight and knowledge about plants animals physics chemistry biology and ecology. Ford denisons new book darwinian agriculture how understanding evolution can improve agriculture makes a strong and very personal case for the application of evolutionary principles to addressing the twin challenges of feeding an expanding human population while working to reduce agricultures environmental footprint. Up to now i have emphasized agricultural insights from understanding past evolution but evolution continues today weeds and insect pests in particular can evolve quickly with major effects on agriculture for example over 180 weed species have evolved resistance to a variety of weed killing herbicides316 this ongoing evolution will be the main focus of this chapter. Darwinian agriculture presents an entirely new approach to these challenges one that draws on the principles of evolution and natural selectionr ford denison shows how both biotechnology and traditional plant breeding can use darwinian insights to identify promising routes for crop genetic improvement and avoid costly dead ends denison explains why plant traits that have been genetically
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