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January 12th, 2018 / Alliance for Science, US

Though there a few GE drought-tolerant crops on the market today, scientists all over the world are developing new crops in an effort to better prepare farmers for the increasingly severe droughts we expect to see.

Researchers at the University of Cape Town in South Africa are working to genetically engineer teff, an African grain important to many indigenous groups, in order to increase its ability to bounce back from water deprivation. The group intends to pull genes from a non-edible native plant, Myroflamnus flabellifolius, which has the ability to enter dormancy during intense drought, but then bounce back in the event of rain. Small scale, public projects such as these that pinpoint specific crops in specific areas will be key to combatting the effects of climate change. Read more