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James Hutton Institute welcomes Defra gene editing consultation

James Hutton Institute welcomes Defra gene editing consultation

Barley's genetic complexity means a portion of chromosomes rarely recombine
“We are interested in a wide range of crop traits including those that might be seen as public-good traits such as reducing the environmental impact of fertilisers, pesticides and greenhouse gas emissions, and gene editing is an important tool to help deliver the crops needed for the future”
New Hutton research is exploring a genetic pathway to improved barley crops

The James Hutton Institute has welcomed plans unveiled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to consult on gene editing, a technique which could unlock benefits to nature, the environment and help farmers with crops resistant to pests, disease or extreme weather and to produce healthier, more nutritious food.

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