Embedded Seed Technology and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions: A Meta-Analysis

Lanier Nalley, Michael Popp, Zara Niederman
2013 Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics  
Agriculture's significant global contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has spurred consumer and retailer interest in GHG mitigation and may lead to incentive programs for producers to lessen GHG emissions. Along those lines, a producer choice is the use of embedded seed technology designed to enhance the marketable portion of yield through improved disease, weed, and pest management with the same or lower use of inputs. This article examines commonalities and differences across three
more » ... nces across three recent studies on rice, sweet corn, and cotton, which addressed the impacts of embedded seed technology on yield, input use, and GHG emissions. Embedded seed technology can be any method of improving the physical or genetic characteristics of a seed. These seed enhancements can include physiological quality, vigor, and synchronicity (consistency across seedlings in time of emergence and size) through traditional breeding, hybrid breeding, or biotechnology.
doi:10.1017/s1074070800005046 fatcat:ubprurnoq5hbzdmctyyqy6f6oi