Hardy crops to tackle food insecurity

Hardy crops to tackle food insecurity



our world is getting more and more densely populated by 2050 there'll be nearly 10 billion people on our planet an agricultural demand is predicted to rise by 70% what's more countries all over the world are struggling with the consequences of climate change drought and high salt levels and soils caused by poor irrigation practices are wreaking havoc on crop yields this situation is getting worse elevated salt concentrations are projected to affect more than 50% of all arable lands in the next 30 years long-term food insecurity is on everyone's minds so how will reinsure that every human alive gets the food they need one solution might be Hardy crops that flourished despite rough conditions these crops may offer the world's populations a crucial answer to impending food shortages plants use light water and co2 to bright us with the food fire photosynthesis which is conducted by machinery inside chloroplasts within their cells but photosynthesis is disrupted on plants and Celtic droughts or salt affected soil as a result the chloroplasts make toxins and the plant dies scientists at the University of Oxford are investigating a new gene could sp1 that can help make plants less stressed in adverse conditions the sp1 gene temporarily regulates the photosynthetic mechanism in plants and thus stops so many toxins being produced the scientists have tested the system in a common model plant but plan to engineer resilient versions of staple crops super-strong varieties of wheat rice tomatoes and Brassica could withstand harsh environmental effects staying green when stressed and providing a reliable new is harvest for future generations for more fascinating science go to our website subscribe to our channel and like us on social media

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