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Expert Insights on the Impacts of, and Potential for, Agricultural Big Data

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Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Canada
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The Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B8, Canada
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Academic Editors: Maurizio Canavari, Martin Hingley and Eliseo Luis Vilalta-Perdomo
Sustainability 2021, 13(5), 2521; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052521
Received: 5 January 2021 / Revised: 17 February 2021 / Accepted: 18 February 2021 / Published: 26 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Farm and Food Business Models under Digitalisation)
Advanced digital technologies are rapidly permeating agriculture from laboratory to field. Machine-based breeding, robotics and big data technologies have deeply transformed not only production systems but also the way scientific research is conducted. How are digital applications revolutionizing people’s jobs and skills? What are the challenges and opportunities for managing and sharing agricultural big data? This article addresses these and other questions by surveying international experts in plant biotechnology. Results show that digital innovations in the form of decision-support tools are perceived as promising. Most surveyed experts anticipate the deployment of big data analytics and artificial intelligence to boost agricultural productivity. Another key finding is that substantial physical investment, specialized human capital and effective data governance are critical to successful implementation of technological innovations associated with big data. View Full-Text
Keywords: artificial intelligence; big data analytics; data sharing; food security; innovation; plant breeding artificial intelligence; big data analytics; data sharing; food security; innovation; plant breeding
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Lassoued, R.; Macall, D.M.; Smyth, S.J.; Phillips, P.W.B.; Hesseln, H. Expert Insights on the Impacts of, and Potential for, Agricultural Big Data. Sustainability 2021, 13, 2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052521

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Lassoued R, Macall DM, Smyth SJ, Phillips PWB, Hesseln H. Expert Insights on the Impacts of, and Potential for, Agricultural Big Data. Sustainability. 2021; 13(5):2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052521

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Lassoued, Rim, Diego M. Macall, Stuart J. Smyth, Peter W.B. Phillips, and Hayley Hesseln. 2021. "Expert Insights on the Impacts of, and Potential for, Agricultural Big Data" Sustainability 13, no. 5: 2521. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13052521

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