Pure plants increase production

A new method of breeding pure lines of plants has been developed.

Plant breeding projects are often used for increasing food production levels, but creating “pure” lines – usually through shuttle breeding – has historically been a time-consuming activity and usually only achieves two to three generations a year.

However, the new breeding techniques combined with modified water, light and temperature, humidity and potting-mix are now allowing for up to eight generations of wheat and nine generations of barley to be grown every year.

These findings have wide-reaching implications for plant breeding and food production.

Read more at University of Western Australia