Exciting potential exists for dramatic improvements in many underutilized perennial crops. While a great diversity of plant genetic resources exits, very little breeding work has been done with most nut tree species. Genetically improved nut crops represent a highly sustainable and low input food supply whose widespread use could alleviate hunger and improve nutrition throughout the world. The widespread use of nut crops on marginal and sloping land would reduce soil erosion and flooding, reduce pesticide use, improve soil productivity, reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, provide food, fiber, and bioenergy and stabilize ground water resources.
|Effective start/end date||10/1/07 → 9/30/12|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))