As the global population continues to rise, it is essential that we figure out how to feed an increasing number of people with less land and more intense droughts.
Professor Zvi Peleg and his team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem crossbred wild wheat with domesticated wheat, creating a more drought-resistant, water-efficient cultivar. Extensive research revealed that the gene pool of wild wheat contains traits that make it more resilient. The new cultivar produced the same yield as modern wheat but required 30% less water.
This innovation is no small feat–wheat is the most consumed crop in the world. The team’s discovery also holds the potential to be used for growing rice, soy, and maize. The outcome could be the difference between food shortages and food security for future generations.
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