Wheat and heat
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.