Wheat and heat

Published May 4, 2020

Lancaster University researchers have found a way to make wheat plants more heat tolerant.

Some wheat plants (with one enzyme) can take the heat, but they’re not great at pho­to­syn­the­sis. Other wheats (with a dif­fer­ent enzyme) don’t like the heat, but they’re great at growing.

So … swap­ping one amino acid cre­ates an enzyme that has the best of both worlds: heat tol­er­ance and high yield.

Next up: Try this with oth­er crops to cre­ate more plants that will thrive in areas with a wide vari­a­tion in temperatures.

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