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From basic to applied science: upgrading the institutional infrastructure for supporting research and agribusiness innovations (PDIp)


The main goal of the Institutional Development Plan is to improve the work conditions and the development of products and services targeted to agribusiness production chains. These products and services, developed by the Agronomic Institute, should positively impact the scientific development and those technological packages that brings innovations to the agribusiness. On such a background, two strategic areas have been identified: 'Genetic bases for agriculture' and 'Sustainable Agriculture: jars the rational use of natural resources on producing high-quality agriculture products’. Naturally, upgrading infrastructure of these two strategic areas is a matter or priority for the Agronomic Institute. the main goal of the strategic area 'Genetic bases for agriculture' is to improve the management of the institutional genetic resources, taking into account the conservation, the characterization and the efficient use of germplasm bank accessions. This area targets on the production and quality of agricultural goods, on prospecting innovative products and on identifying high-value vegetal species in the state of São Paulo and in other Brazilians regions. The main goal of the strategic area 'Sustainable Agriculture: towards the rational use of natural resources on producing high-quality agricultural products' is to develop new high-quality cultivars capable of increasing the current agriculture productivity as well as decreasing production costs. Such new breeding programs should also promote renewable energy sources. This strategic area also intends to develop new crop management strategies aiming at achieving maximum use efficiency of water/nutrients and helping crops to cope better with abiotic and biotic stress. The world population is expected to reach 10 billion in 2050, according to the United Nations, increasing both food and energy demand therefore, the use of agricultural technologies should be intensified to meet such increasing demand these technologies or technological packages must address the environmental sustainability by maintaining the qualities that are valued in the ecosystems. Therefore, the agricultural sector should resort to the increasing use of technological innovations in order to promote the quality and the productivity of the agriculture goods as well as the incomes of small-scale, medium-scale and large-scale farms. (AU)

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