Professor explores genetically modified crops under extreme conditions
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) is developing a way to produce wheat crops with heat-tolerant capacity that would ensure its sustainability in hotter climate.
The professor of CSIR-IHBT who is conducting the research, Vijay Gahlaut, said plants growing under excessive exposure to heat result in reduced agriculture and ultimately threaten the food supply across the world. Gahlaut is conducting research on epigenetic route which modifies gene expression but doesn’t alter the underlying DNA sequence. This process would help cultivate heat-resistant crops.
Gahlaut explained his findings in a journal, Genomics, where he wrote about his extensive experiments on the responses of genetically modified crops to heat and extreme conditions.
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