This month 31 new breaking news stories were posted on the GPC website including...
Inactivating genes can boost crop genetic diversity
Researchers recently showed that inactivating a gene, RECQ4, leads to a three-fold increase in recombination in crops such as rice, pea and tomato. The gene inhibits the exchange of genetic material via recombination (crossover) during the sexual reproduction process in crops. This discovery could speed up plant breeding and development of varieties better suited to specific environmental conditions (disease resistance, adaptation to climate change).
The African Orphan Crops Consortium bears its first fruits: the release of the first five orphan crop genomes
New research published describes and releases the first 5 orphan crop genomes from an international project to boost the productivity of traditional African food supplies.
Research finds ethical sourcing of seeds required for global restoration
Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of wild seeds are needed to restore plant ecosystems globally but overharvesting risks their depletion unless ethical seed-sourcing regulations are developed, research has found.