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Agronomy is the science of the use of plant life, for such purposes as food, fuel, and fiber, among others. Agronomy encompasses a number of scientific fields, including plant genetics and physiology, biochemistry, ecology, earth science, etc.
Agronomy played a key role in 21st century Earth culture, spurred in part by Humanity's settlement of the Sol system and the need to make those off-Earth colonies self-sufficient. Agronomy also brought about the widespread farming of Earth's oceans, with kelp becoming a crop that could be synthesized into a variety of edible forms, enabling the starving regions of the world to be fed.