Wheat and heat

Published May 4, 2020

Lancaster University researchers have found a way to make wheat plants more heat tolerant.

Some wheat plants (with one enzyme) can take the heat, but they’re not great at photosynthesis. Other wheats (with a different enzyme) don’t like the heat, but they’re great at growing.

So … swapping one amino acid creates an enzyme that has the best of both worlds: heat tolerance and high yield.

Next up: Try this with other crops to create more plants that will thrive in areas with a wide variation in temperatures.

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