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Ecologist R. Ford Denison urges an examination of evolutionary biology for new ideas when seeking improvements in crop production. Previously, scientists tended to seek perfection in crops without recognizing the need to accept tradeoffs in genetic advancements. He directs attention to Darwin’s investigation of plant and animal improvements through natural selection. Despite such potential, he speaks of the different approaches to crop improvements that have never been tried by scientists. The author discusses challenges that agriculture faces now and in the future. Denison summarizes a proposed Darwinian approach that will be of interest to advanced-level students and professionals in the field of evolutionary biology.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden