06 Feb '12, 2pm

In Fast-Track Technology, Hope For a Second Green Revolution

In Fast-Track Technology, Hope For a Second Green Revolution With advances in a technique known as fast-track breeding, researchers are developing crops that can produce more and healthier food and can adapt and thrive as the climate shifts. by richard conniff In Zambia during the current planting season, a corn crop will go into the fields that begins the process of rapidly boosting vitamin A content by as much ten-fold — helping to address a nutritional deficiency that causes 250,000-500,000 children to go blind annually, most of them in Africa and Asia. In China, Kenya, and Madagascar, also this planting season, farmers will put out a crop of Artemisia annua that yields 20 to 30 percent more of the chemical compound artemisinin, the basis for what is now the world’s standard treatment for malaria. Both improvements are happening because of fast-track breeding technology...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/fast_track_breeding_agricult...

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