Researchers at the University of York (Australia) have created a new modified wheat variety that
Wheat producers are working to increaseyields to meet global demand, but after the Green Revolution of the 1960s, yield growth has slowed sharply and is now less than 1% per year. Most of the improvements have come from breeding varieties that produce more grain, but others have looked for ways to increase yields by producing plants with more grain.
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Researchers at the University of York have solved thisproblem by directly altering the productivity of wheat by increasing the amount of protein that controls plant growth. This resulted in them producing 12% more grains than the traditional variety. In field experiments conducted by staff in Chile, they found that yields increased dramatically.
Research partners in the Australianthe University of Chile conducted field experiments that demonstrated the effectiveness of plants in agricultural conditions. The team is now looking for ways to make this research available to farmers and the wider industry to help them make decisions about new crops.
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