Researchers from Australia modified wheat and increased yields by 12%. This will help cope with hunger in developing countries.
Researchers from the University of York in Australia have created a new modified wheat variety that increases grain production by 12%. The scientists explained that wheat is one of the most important food crops globally, providing 20% of the human diet. With the ever-increasing global demand for food, improving crop yields is critical.
Wheat producers are working to increase yields to meet global demand, but yield growth has slowed sharply after the Green Revolution of the 1960s and now stands at less than 1% per year. Most of the improvements have come from breeding varieties that produce more grain, but other researchers have looked for ways to increase yields by producing more grain plants.
Researchers at the University of York have addressed this problem by directly altering wheat productivity by increasing the amount of protein that controls plant growth. This resulted in them producing 12% more grains than the traditional variety. Infield experiments conducted by staff in Chile, they found that yields increased dramatically.
Research partners at the University of Australia Chile conducted field experiments that demonstrated plants’ effectiveness in agricultural conditions. The team is now looking for ways to make this research available to farmers and the wider industry to help them decide on new crops.