Fundamental and applied Research

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1927
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Moreau,R.E
Gould,J.B
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Not very long ago the average man knew no better definition of "applied" and "fundamental" research than "useful" and "useless". To the planter, concerned with his practical problems, fundamental research seemed to be something remote and mysterious, unlikely to be productive of results that would help him. As evidence of the disfavour into which the term "fundamental" had fallen, the Imperial Agricultural Research Conference of 1927 defined the duties IOf a Central Research Station by the almost equivalent terms of "wide range" and "long range" research. And since then those concerned with research have been chary of using the word "fundamental". Recently, however, interest in fundamental research has grown in East Africa,and at least one important planters' organization has discussed how it may be encouraged and augmented. The time seems appropriate for a discussion of what we mean by fundamental research and the respective parts that fundamental and applied research can play in agricultural development.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, III (No 4), p. 241-246