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Volume 4 Issue 1, January 2018

Volume 4 Issue 1

Fast-forward food

Rapid development of crop varieties is hampered by the slow breeding times of crop plants. Manipulating the light regime within controlled environment rooms can at least halve generation times of a range of crops and their wild relatives.

See Watson et al.

Image: H. Hardy. Cover Design: Bethany Vukomanovic.


  • Editorial |

    Breeding crops with a high yield and superior adaptability is vital to maintaining global food security. New technologies on multiple scales are re-engineering traditional plant breeding to meet these challenges.

Comment & Opinion

  • Comment |

    Modern plant biology relies heavily on genetic sequence information from species with a diversity of origins. Could proposed changes to the terms of use of this digital sequence information threaten the development of new crop varieties and improvements in global agriculture?

    • Emily Marden

Books & Arts

Research Highlights

News & Views

  • News & Views |

    It is hypothesized that morphological evolution occurs through a variety of molecular mechanisms. The position and patterning of petal spots in Clarkia evolved through changes to the regulatory region of a gene that encodes a transcriptional activator of pigment synthesis, prompting its control by novel positional cues.

    • Róisín Fattorini
    • Beverley J. Glover
  • News & Views |

    New capabilities for assembling plant Rubisco in bacteria offer a revolution for enhancing photosynthesis. The technology provides a breakthrough to identify and test solutions for improving CO2 fixation by crop Rubisco.

    • Brendon Conlan
    • Spencer Whitney



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