Epigenetics May Offer New Way to Breed Crops Adapted to Climate Change

A new article on the Genetic Literacy Project website examines the potential of epigenetically manipulated crops as a means of breeding plants that can withstand drought, climate change or diseases. While researchers have developed GMO crops to cope with the added stresses of climate change, current regulatory hurdles significantly delay their approval. In this article, Sally Mackenzie, professor of plant science at the University of Nebraska and co-founder of Epicrop Technologies, discusses the potential of a new plant breeding technology that uses epigenetic manipulation.
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PGRSA 2018 Annual Meeting to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico!

The Plant Growth Regulation Society of America (PGRSA) is proud to announce that the 45th Annual Meeting of the PGRSA will be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from June 10 - 14, 2018. The conference will take place at the beautiful Sheraton Hotel & Casino. The conference will host technical sessions including the following topics: plant growth in extreme environments, light as a growth regulator and PRGs and biostimulants.
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Plant Genetics May Play Larger Role in Growth Than Previously Assumed

New research from Dr. Nick Pullen and his team indicates that a plant’s genetics may be the “real limiting factor” in growth. While previous research has assumed that plant growth was limited by nutrition, water and sunlight, Dr. Pullen’s research shows that genetic regulation and cell division play a larger role in growth than expected. Read "Genetics May Lie at the Heart of Crop Yield Limitation."
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