Scientists at Australia’s CSIRO have developed a salt-tolerant variety of wheat by using genes from an ancient variety of wheat. The salt-tolerant variety yields 25% more grain on saline soils than other varieties.
GMO giant Bayer CropScience has announced they will research drought resistant varieties of wheat without the use of genetic modification.
Researchers have found a plant with a genetic mutation that allows it to survive drought better without losing any mass. This discovery could potentially lead to plants that are bred to survive in low-water conditions, perhaps reducing the amount of water used for agriculture.