Sunday, January 13, 2013
Agritech start-up may have solution to ‘better GMOs’
Bio-agriculture – using science to improve the yields and quality of plants, thus increasing the food supply – has turned into one of the most important areas of high-tech worldwide. As the world’s population grows, so does the need for food, and scientists are hard at work coming up with ways to tweak everything from the plant itself to the growing process to the way crops are harvested, seeking to achieve the maximum amount of productivity possible.
As knowledge of genetics grows, scientists have been trying to figure out ways to tool with the genomes of corn, wheat, soy, rice, and other commodities. By breeding strains of grains, fruits, and vegetables to be more resistant to certain diseases or to be less attractive to insects and pests, scientists allow farmers to keep more of what they grow, lowering the percentage of a yield that is lost to the traditional enemies of the farmer. (Read More)
Times Of Israel
January 13, 2013