Local Optimisation

With self-organising crop improvement, each cultivar is locally optimised for its own agro-ecosystem. Cultivars survive competition within an agro-ecosystem by virtue of their domestication. This means that certain variables, which were at their optimum for a wild ecosystem, have been maximised to suit the very different requirements of the agro-ecosystem. These requirements involve characteristics of yield, quality of crop product, resistance to parasites, and agronomic suitability. Their maximisation is achieved by competitive replacement within the agro-ecosystem. That is, with agro-evolution.

Each agro-ecosystem has its own criteria of artificial selection, and will have its own cultivars that are in balance with those criteria. Each agro-ecosystem must consequently have its own plant breeding clubs, with their own selection criteria, and their own on-site screening. This local optimisation can be achieved only gradually, and with diminishing returns, by continuing competition between clubs and between cultivars. Eventually, a ceiling of near-perfection will be achieved, and little further progress will be possible.

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