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September 7th, 2015 / Global Food Security, UK

thumb.aspxPlant breeding using classical, top-down or forward genetic approaches has served us well in the millennia since people settled in agricultural communities and started crossing plants, selecting individuals with traits that made farming easier and the edible parts more nutritious. An alternative to top-down genetic crop improvement is the so called ‘reverse genetic’ approach. Reverse genetic utilises defined genetic cassettes – like an album of genes – that are engineered and inserted into plants to test their function and ultimately used to improve crops. See more