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Seed vaults are an ‘insurance policy for the world’s food.’ 100 scientists just spent 6 years hunting for plant species around the globe to add to those vaults in case disaster strikes.

As carbon emissions rise and the planet warms, domesticated crops like rice and wheat are losing nutritional value, and climate disasters are putting harvests and farmland at risk. Scientists keep seeds from important crops locked in seed vaults, but most vaults lack seeds from the wild relatives of important crops. […]
Seed vaults are an ‘insurance policy for the world’s food.’ 100 scientists just spent 6 years hunting for plant species around the globe to add to those vaults in case disaster strikes.
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A US government-funded research project using insects to genetically modify crops could trigger a ‘biological arms race,’ scientists warn

The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is researching how to genetically modify crops using virus-carrying insects. DARPA says the program could help protect crops from droughts, floods, and frost. It could also protect the US food supply from international attacks. Some scientists and lawyers, however, say they believe the […]
A US government-funded research project using insects to genetically modify crops could trigger a ‘biological arms race,’ scientists warn
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Australia’s crop production is headed for a record result

Australia’s crop production, boosted by good rain, is forecast to increase by 32% to a record high of 52.4 million tonnes, according to analysts at government forecaster ABARES (Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences). Above average rainfall in September, followed by mild spring conditions, ensured good soil […]
Australia’s crop production is headed for a record result