System tests and breeds improved crops faster

Dr Damaris Odeny, a Biotechnology Scientist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Researchers have advanced a new concept of plant breeding named speed breeding to boost the process of developing better crops. FILE PHOTO | NMG

In the search for more resilient crops that produce higher yields, researchers cross one plant with another to introduce desirable traits, wait for the progenies to develop, then test them in the field to see if the desirable traits have been introduced successfully.

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