Agricultural Science
The application of biology and related sciences and technology to the production of food, natural fiber, and other products.

Agricultural science (agriscience) concerns optimizing the productivity, yield, and quality of organic-biological produce, which may be plants, sub-sophont animals, neogens, cultivated xenobiota, or semi-sufficient organobiota; ensuring safe storage and efficient harvests; the use, quality, and preservation of soil fertility; and the preparation of food and other farm products for the market.

The agricultural scientist almost always makes extensive use of micro- and mesotech remotes, including geneered and affinity-bonded insects, gnatbots, and dedicated expert systems, and gengineering of most crop and livestock types. Artificial soils or soil additives such as garden paste were developed by agriscience in the Interplanetary age and are used in almost all agriculture.
 
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 31 December 2001.