Plants capable of surviving disease, drought and climate change will be made possible by ‘speed-breeding’, scientists have claimed. The technique, first developed by Nasa , subjects crops to 22 hours a day of LED light to promote rapid growth in plants. It speeds up their breeding cycle and allows for far greater yields of the plant. The method allows six generations of wheat to be grown in a calendar year, compared to just two cycles when using traditional methods. Researchers claim that the technique, alongside cloning, would allow significant improvements to plants without resorting to genetic modification. Scroll down for video A team of British researchers made improvements to Nasa’s original method and made the system just as effective in vast glass houses as it is in small desktop containers (pictured). The method allows six generations of wheat to be grown in a year, compared to two normally Dr Brande Wulff, a wheat scientist at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, predicts that European crop research and breeding will become more dependent on speed breeding in the light of these developments. ‘Speed breeding allows researchers to rabidly mobilise the genetic variation found in wild relatives of crops and introduce it into… Read full this story
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