Prospects for Improving the Production of Cereals

  • R. G. Anderson
  • William L. Brown
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 7)


Cereals form the major part of the diet of 70–80% of the people in developing countries. It is imperative to expand cereal protein and calorie supplies rapidly if millions are to be free of the effects of malnutrition or even starvation. If supplies currently available could be evenly distributed, the world could be fed for some years into the future. Yet it is those very countries most in need of food who are unable to buy it. In countries of rising affluence, more and more cereals are being siphoned off for animal feeds, and because of the low conversion rate, diverting supplies from direct human consumption.


Stripe Rust Cereal Production Stripe Rust Resistance Similar Latitude Bilateral Program 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. G. Anderson
    • 1
  • William L. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.International Maize and Wheat Improvement CenterMexico, D.F.Mexico
  2. 2.Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc.Des MoinesUSA

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