New modified wheat could help tackle global food shortage

ScienceDaily | Nov 25, 2020 at 8:02 PM
  • Wheat is one of the most important food crops in the world, providing 20% of human calories; with ever increasing global food demand.
  • Wheat breeders work hard to increase yield to meet global demand, but since the ‘green revolution’ of the 1960s, the rate of yield increase has been slowing and is currently less than 1% per year.
  • Researchers at the University of York have now resolved this issue by directly modifying the growth of the young developing grain by increasing the amount of a protein that controls growth rates in plants.