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Researchers ‘engineer’ heat tolerance in potato crops

Researchers ‘engineer’ heat tolerance in potato crops

Dr Mark Taylor, Cell and Molecular Sciences group (c) James Hutton Institute
“This research will assist breeders in developing heat tolerant varieties, particularly important for seed exports to warmer countries”
Potatoes in soil (c) James Hutton Institute

Potato is the third most important food crop in the world after rice and wheat; more than a billion people worldwide eat potato, and global crop production exceeds 300m tonnes each year. However, the crop is particularly vulnerable to increased temperature, which is considered to be the most important uncontrollable factor affecting growth and yield.

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This article was originally posted by The James Hutton Institute