Scaling up: the essence of effective agricultural research

Passioura, J B (2010) Scaling up: the essence of effective agricultural research. Functional Plant Biology, 37 (7). pp. 585-591.

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Successful scaling up from laboratory research to application in the field depends on practitioners being aware of the constraints and other interactions that arise as scaling up proceeds. Although exploration of promising ideas are often of intrinsic scientific interest, such ideas fail the test of utility if they do not get adopted by agronomists or plant breeders, and if practices and cultivars based on such ideas do not get adopted by farmers. This notion of scaling up is explored here using salinity tolerance of crops as a case study, with examples drawn from gene expression, tissue culture, controlled environment studies of plants grown in hydroponics and in pots, and the behaviour of plants at the field scale. The most effective research in this arena has resulted from a culture of collegiate dialogue between scientists working at different scales.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: CSIRO Plant Industry, GPO Box 1600, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Subjects: Plant Production
Social Sciences > Agricultural Extension,Technology, ICT
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 12:56
Last Modified: 01 May 2013 12:58
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