Scientists Could Be Closer To Increasing Global Food Productivity
Scientists in Illinois might have found a way to increase plants' yield with genetic modification.By Lindsay Gloor | November 17, 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois might be one step closer to increasing the world's food supply by modifying plants' genes.
Thanks to funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the researchers were able to use genetic engineering to alter photosynthesis in tobacco plants, increasing their productivity as much as 20 percent.
This is a big deal because past experimentation with genetic modification hasn't gone as well. Plant breeders typically achieve gains of 1 or 2 percent with more traditional approaches.