The improvement of cereals is an ongoing process which keeps accelerating.
improvement of the ear of corn is a striking example of how cereals
Cereal yields recently went through a strong increase (cf. graph). Genetic improvements allow for new, significant steps forward to be envisaged, in particular for rice.
Cereals are being improved in terms of both human consumption (increased protein content) and public health (control of various diseases such as the corn induced pellagra).
In Montpellier, CIRAD, INRA, and IRD laboratories carry out research aimed at improving wheat, rice, corn, sorghum, mill and millet both qualitatively and quantitatively.