Genetically modified wheat can resist droughts

June 30th, 2008 - 5:43 pm ICT by ANI  

London, June 30 (ANI): Scientists have determined that genetically modified (GM) wheat would be able to beat the Australian heat as it is drought resistant, thus proving lucrative for the countrys farmers.

According to a report in New Scientist, faced with climate change and a growing food crisis,
Australian farmers are now getting over their aversion to GM technology.

Of 24 strains of GM wheat tested in field trials, two lines exceeded the yield of the non-GM variety by 20 per cent under drought conditions, according to German Spangenberg of the Victoria Department of Primary Industries in Melbourne, Australia.

Another point of persuasion for Australian farmers is that the forecast for this years wheat crop has just been trimmed by 9 per cent because of dry conditions, although it may still be up by 10 million tonnes compared to last years drought-devastated crop. (ANI)

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