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Scientists develop 'superwheat'

Posted on Monday, 13 May, 2013 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A new type of wheat developed by British scientists has the potential to increase productivity by 30%.

The new strain has been created by combining a modern variety of the crop with an ancient ancestor of wheat. The move is aimed at tackling recent wheat shortages that have lead to problems producing foods such as Weetabix. With an increasing population and unpredictable weather it is becoming more and more difficult to grow sufficient quantities of the serial crop to meet demand.

Scientists hope that by combining the ancient wheat ancestor with today's wheat the resultant plants will exhibit greater resilience without the need for genetic modification. Wheat is believed to have originally evolved from wheat grass and other primitive grains over 10,000 years ago.

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

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Comment icon #10 Posted by rashore on 13 May, 2013, 16:00
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 th... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by shrooma on 13 May, 2013, 17:04
does this mean we can look forward to a drop in the price of weetabix then....?
Comment icon #12 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 13 May, 2013, 20:40
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
Comment icon #13 Posted by Junior Chubb on 13 May, 2013, 21:29
Lol, no just even more ridiculous claims about how good for you it is, and then a rise in price....
Comment icon #14 Posted by shrooma on 13 May, 2013, 21:50
*edited for double post* stoopid bleedin' server!
Comment icon #15 Posted by shrooma on 13 May, 2013, 21:52
. they're getting smaller too.., the last box I bought (36's) was thinner than a snake's fart! they should re-name 'em 'weetapebbles!'
Comment icon #16 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 13 May, 2013, 22:11
i would highly suggest people and humanity as a whole to think highly about this.i don't recommend anything created in labs because they will not tell us everything the truth,what's in their,what chemicals they inserted and its not natural in the first place does not come from nature herself.i heard on this alternative radio called coast to coast am that they are trying to poison humanity on purpose with non-organic food and etc.believe or not its your choice.i am simply just warning you people.
Comment icon #17 Posted by shrooma on 13 May, 2013, 22:41
. wheat itself isn't natural. it's the product of the cross-hybridisation of several types of grasses 8-10,000 years ago, nothing to do with mother nature whatsoever.
Comment icon #18 Posted by shrooma on 13 May, 2013, 22:49
. you REALLY shouldn't believe everything you hear you know. ESPECIALLY rubbish like that. what possible reason can you think of that would make a company purposfully poison and therefore eliminate their own customer base? it makes no sense whatsoever, least of all economically!
Comment icon #19 Posted by MysticStrummer on 14 May, 2013, 1:49
I look forward to super wheat beer. Get on it, Belgians!

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