With this technique, wheat crops could be multiplied by six

A new technique, not yet applied to the commercial field, which makes it possible to grow up to six generations of wheat every year, which would result in increased food availability.

For many years, the rates of improvement of several basic crops have stagnated, which has significantly prevented the search for ways to feed the growing world population

Environment and genes

The new technique, developed by the teams at the 'John Innes Center', the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney in Australia, uses a greenhouse or an artificial environment with better lighting to create intense one-day regimens in order to accelerate the search for better yield crops. Specifically, optimized LED lights are used to help photosynthesis in intensive regimens of up to 22 hours per day.

Up to six generations per year have been achieved for flour wheat, durum wheat, barley, peas and chickpea; and four generations for canola (a rapeseed form)

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The technique can also be complemented with the genetic edition CRISPR, in order to reach the final result even faster. As the wheat pathologist abounds Ruth bryant, from RAGT Seeds Ltd, Essex:

Breeders are always looking for ways to speed up the process to bring a variety to the market, so we are really interested in the concept of fast farming. We are working closely with Dr. Wulff's group at the John Innes Center to develop this method in a commercial environment.