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. In epigenetics, no changes are made to the DNA — instead "epigenetic manipulation involves changes to how genes are expressed or silenced." Read "Can Epigenetics Change the Way We Breed Crops for drought and Climate Change?"