CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE: GENE EDITING FOR BETTER CROPS
Dr Sarah Raffan of Rothamsted Research will explore how the new technique of gene editing is revolutionising plant breeding. CRISPR techniques have only been widely available for just over a decade but are already helping us develop new crops with better nutritional profiles. They may also help create other traits that will enable farmers to meet the challenges of sustainable food produciton in the 21st Century. So what eactly are the potential benefits? And what will the UK's first gene- edited wheat trail, currently in progess at Rothamsted, tell us about these new varieties?
Dr Sarah Raffan is a molecular biologist working at Rothamsted Research