The role of citizen science in addressing grand challenges in food and agriculture research

Show simple item record Ryan, S.F. Adamson, N.L. Aktipis, A. Andersen, L.K. Austin, R. Barnes, L. Beasley, M.R. Bedell, K.D. Briggs, S. Chapman, B. Cooper, C.B. Corn, J.O. Creamer, N.G. Delborne, J.A. Domenico, P. Driscoll, E. Goodwin, J. Hjarding, A. Hulbert, J.M. (Joey) Isard, S. Just, M.G. Kar Gupta, K. López-Uribe, M.M. O’Sullivan, J. Landis, E.A. Madden, A.A. McKenney, E.A. Nichols, L.M. Reading, B.J. Russell, S. Sengupta, N. Shapiro, L.R. Shell, L.K. Sheard, J.K. Shoemaker, D.D. Sorger, D.M. Starling, C. Thakur, S. Vatsavai, R.R. Weinstein, M. Winfrey, P. Dunn, R.R. 2018-12-10T13:00:42Z 2018-12-10T13:00:42Z 2018-11
dc.description.abstract The power of citizen science to contribute to both science and society is gaining increased recognition, particularly in physics and biology. Although there is a long history of public engagement in agriculture and food science, the term ‘citizen science’ has rarely been applied to these efforts. Similarly, in the emerging field of citizen science, most new citizen science projects do not focus on food or agriculture. Here, we convened thought leaders from a broad range of fields related to citizen science, agriculture, and food science to highlight key opportunities for bridging these overlapping yet disconnected communities/fields and identify ways to leverage their respective strengths. Specifically, we show that (i) citizen science projects are addressing many grand challenges facing our food systems, as outlined by the United States National Institute of Food and Agriculture, as well as broader Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations Development Programme, (ii) there exist emerging opportunities and unique challenges for citizen science in agriculture/food research, and (iii) the greatest opportunities for the development of citizen science projects in agriculture and food science will be gained by using the existing infrastructure and tools of Extension programmes and through the engagement of urban communities. Further, we argue there is no better time to foster greater collaboration between these fields given the trend of shrinking Extension programmes, the increasing need to apply innovative solutions to address rising demands on agricultural systems, and the exponential growth of the field of citizen science. en_ZA
dc.description.department Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hj2018 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship This working group was partially funded from the NCSU Plant Sciences Initiative, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences ‘Big Ideas’ grant, National Science Foundation grant to R.R.D. (NSF no. 1319293), and a United States Department of Food and Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant to S.F.R., USDA-NIFA Post Doctoral Fellowships grant no. 2017-67012-26999. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Ryan, S.F., Adamson, N.L., Aktipis, A. et al. 2018 The role of citizen science in addressing grand challenges in food and agriculture research. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 285: 20181977. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0962-8452 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1471-2954 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1098/rspb.2018.1977
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher The Royal Society en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 The Authors. Published by the Royal Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License en_ZA
dc.subject Agriculture en_ZA
dc.subject Citizen science en_ZA
dc.subject Extension en_ZA
dc.subject Food science en_ZA
dc.subject Grand challenges en_ZA
dc.subject Sustainable development goals (SDGs) en_ZA
dc.subject Environmental science en_ZA
dc.subject Plant science en_ZA
dc.subject Ecology en_ZA
dc.subject Global change en_ZA
dc.subject Conservation en_ZA
dc.title The role of citizen science in addressing grand challenges in food and agriculture research en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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