There’s been a 1% decline in the quantity of consumable food calories produced by the world’s top 10 crops.
These plants will drink responsibly — whether they want it or not!
This puts us at great risk.
Some crops fare much better than others so there’s a lot of lessons we can learn.
Domestication could’ve well happened on its own.
A tiny plant with a lot of genes.
Accidental domestication still counts, right?
Farm smart not hard.
Game theory doesn’t apply to farming like it does to other areas of industry.
A recent study from Iowa State University shows how a gene, found in a single plant species so far, can increase protein content when grafted into the DNA of staple crops. Their findings could help improve a huge variety of crops and improve nutrition in developing parts of the world, where available sources of protein are sometimes limited.
It’s estimated that humanity will have to produce around 50% more food than we currently do to keep up with growing global demand….by 2050. It’s an enormous challenge, especially as more and more countries face the effects of climate change, such as drought or toxic salinity levels. One of our best hopes is to rely more on crops that can flourish despite the vicissitudes of the environment, and plant cell biologists at the University of Oxford hope that their new breakthrough in climate-resilient agriculture will allow us to do just that.