Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Essex university professor leading research on GM ‘wonder-wheat’

Professor Christine Raines is the research project’s principle investigator.

A professor from the University of Essex is leading research into genetically modified wonder-wheat made with sprinkled gold dust that could help scientists feed the world.

British scientists, led by Professor Christine Raines, are planning the world’s first field trials of a GM spring wheat with added genes to improve yield by enhancing its ability to tap the sun’s energy. Tiny gold particles coated with DNA will be used to transport the extra genes into the plant.

If successful, the “proof of concept” study at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Hertfordshire could lead to similar work aimed at boosting photosynthesis in other staple crops such as rice and maize.
“We really do have an impending major food shortage across the globe.”

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