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Digital agriculture to design sustainable agricultural systems

The global food system must become more sustainable. Digital agriculture — digital and geospatial technologies to monitor, assess and manage soil, climatic and genetic resources — illustrates how to meet this challenge so as to balance the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable food production.

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Fig. 1: DA in agricultural systems.

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This research was supported by the US Department of Agriculture/National Institute for Food and Agriculture (awards 2015-68007-23133 and 2018-67003-27406), US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological and Environmental Research (awards DESC0018409 and DE-FC02-07ER64494) and Michigan State University AgBioResearch. We thank G. P. Robertson, P. Grace, S. Swinton, J. Hatfield, R. Martinez-Feria, S. Archontoulis, J. Jones and J. Ritchie for their comments on previous versions of this manuscript.

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Basso, B., Antle, J. Digital agriculture to design sustainable agricultural systems. Nat Sustain 3, 254–256 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41893-020-0510-0

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