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How a breakthrough in crop cultivation could feed millions

POSTED January 8, 2019

How a breakthrough in crop cultivation could feed millions

Researchers are studying ways to improve crop yields

Girl holding fruit in Ghana

A new finding that can increase crop yields by 40 percent could help feed millions of people in years to come, reads an article in Washington’s Science journal.

Photosynthesis in crops such as rice, wheat and soybeans produce toxic by-products that reduce efficiency. But, new research has shown ways to overcome that lost productivity.

First tested in tobacco plants, researchers are now replicating the results in potatoes, rice, soybeans and more. “It takes 10 to 15 years for technologies like this to undergo [a] rigorous regulatory approval process, which examines engineered crops for health and environmental impacts. Thus, it is all the more urgent to invest in these types of technologies today,” Paul South, a molecular biologist and lead author of the study, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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