by the Understanding Evolution team
It would seem that with the advent of fertilizers, pesticides and biotechnology, our ability to produce crops should be limitless. What chance do insects and plant diseases stand against mighty modern agricultural technology?
But biological systems evolve. Insects and diseases evolve as new technologies are introduced. Variables change, because evolution is change over time through descent with modification. So in the fields of agriculture and economics, just as in medical science and conservation, history matters.
In this section we will explore these key questions:
- How does evolution affect the world's food supply?
- How can a lack of genetic variation harm crops?
- Why is it important to understand the evolutionary history of domestic crops?
- How do pests evolve to resist pesticides?