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Scientists develop 'superwheat'

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:43 PM

British scientists say they have developed a new type of wheat which could increase productivity by 30%.

The Cambridge-based National Institute of Agricultural Botany has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to produce a new strain.

In early trials, the resulting crop seemed bigger and stronger than the current modern wheat varieties.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22498274

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 01:53 PM

Not a GMO, cross pollination, might not be bad, maybe it will be a hearty plant.

Edited by Hilander, 12 May 2013 - 01:53 PM.


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Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:38 PM

View PostHilander, on 12 May 2013 - 01:53 PM, said:

Not a GMO, cross pollination, might not be bad, maybe it will be a hearty plant.

I agree, the more natural the better.

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 02:43 PM

Good, something British! how about we eat this and stop importing  GM foods from abroad?

Edited by freetoroam, 12 May 2013 - 02:44 PM.


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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:24 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 12 May 2013 - 02:43 PM, said:

Good, something British! how about we eat this and stop importing  GM foods from abroad?


Sounds good but we can't possiblily do that! it would be good for our health and our econemy!

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 06:47 PM

View PostCoffey, on 12 May 2013 - 06:24 PM, said:

Sounds good but we can't possiblily do that! it would be good for our health and our econemy!
you are right, our government can`t be having that now!  They got 'friends' in other parts of the world to answer to first.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 12:54 PM

Nice that this is British and not GM but more wheat?

I am trying to dodge the stuff myself...


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:25 PM

"The scientists used cross-pollination and seed embryo transfer technology to transfer some of the resilience of the ancient ancestor of wheat into modern British varieties."

How is this not genetic manupulation?

We have enough farm land in the world now to drown everyone in wheat.  It just isn't farmed to keep the prices up. There probably isn't enough people who want to farm either.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:27 PM

Cheers this not Franken food this the way to go to improve our crops.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:35 PM

What we need is not more wheat but less people.


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 04:00 PM

View Postpaperdyer, on 13 May 2013 - 02:25 PM, said:

"The scientists used cross-pollination and seed embryo transfer technology to transfer some of the resilience of the ancient ancestor of wheat into modern British varieties."

How is this not genetic manupulation?

We have enough farm land in the world now to drown everyone in wheat.  It just isn't farmed to keep the prices up. There probably isn't enough people who want to farm either.

I may be mistaken about this, but seed embryo transfer technology is somatic embryogenesis, or cloning cells. They are cross pollinating and then cloning the resulting plants. Making synthetic seeds. Not really tinkering on genetic level, just splitting apart a cross pollinated plant to grow a bunch of new plants from. Again, I may be mistaken about that, if I am I'm sure someone here can correct me.
Cloning plants from cuttings is an ages old practice. I've done it with mint, sage, roses... Potatoes are clones, splitting bulbs like tulips are natures cloning process. Doing it on the cell level like with the wheat is only a few decades old I think. Way more complicated than my gardening skills, hehe.

Back to the thread in general and not necessarily directly addressing your quote paperdyer..

I think it's neat that they are using an old "bloodline" to strengthen a new "bloodline". I don't know if it will turn out to be a superwheat though. It will take a few growing seasons to test and see how it turns out. Pretty exciting :)

Your ad hominem connotes your sciolism. Now that is some funny commentary.

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 05:04 PM

does this mean we can look forward to a drop in the price of weetabix then....?


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 08:40 PM

i prefer natural and organic all the way i ain't eating their crap.artificial crap and unhealthy who knows what they put in there that they don't tell us


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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:29 PM

View Postshrooma, on 13 May 2013 - 05:04 PM, said:

does this mean we can look forward to a drop in the price of weetabix then....?

Lol, no just even more ridiculous claims about how good for you it is, and then a rise in price....

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Posted 13 May 2013 - 09:50 PM

View PostJunior Chubb, on 13 May 2013 - 09:29 PM, said:


*edited for double post*
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