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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