— Samuel Johnson
What does an agricultural scientist do?
Agricultural scientists do research and development on production techniques, in Improving agricultural productivity in terms of quantity and quality (e.g., selection of drought-resistant crops and animals, development of new pesticides, yield-sensing technologies, simulation models of crop growth, in-vitro cell culture techniques), in transformation of primary products into end-consumer products (e.g., production, preservation, and packaging of agricultural products), prevention and correction of adverse environmental effects (e.g., soil degradation, waste management, bio-remediation), theoretical production ecology, relating to crop production modelling. Traditional agricultural systems, sometimes termed subsistence agriculture, which feed most of the poorest people in the world. These systems are of interest as they sometimes retain a level of integration with natural ecological systems greater than that of industrial agriculture, which may be more sustainable than some modern agricultural systems.
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