13 May 2013

Scientists develop 'more productive' wheat variety

10:47 am on 13 May 2013

British scientists have produced a new kind of wheat they say could boost production by up to a third.

Despite steady improvement in the late 20th century, the last 15 years have seen little growth in the average wheat harvest from each acre in Britain, the BBC reports.

Now, the Institute of National Biology has combined an ancient ancestor of wheat with a modern variety to develop a new strain.

Early trials have produced crops that are bigger and stronger than current varieties of wheat.

The process required no genetic modification of the crops.

It will take at least five years of tests and regulatory approval before it is harvested by farmers.