Agriculture is becoming better thanks to genome-editing techniques. Researchers in China managed to create disease-resistant wheat by deleting different genes. This increases resistance to powdery mildew, which is a big problem for wheat, the world’s most important food source.
The work that is done by Chinese Academy of Sciences researchers aimed to stop mildew by deleting genes with protein encoding that naturally represses the plant’s defense against mildew.
Nowadays controlling mildew is done by the use of strong fungicides. Developing disease-resistant wheat is a really important achievement in agriculture and it can mean the first steps towards other plan modifications through gene alteration.
At the moment there is no commercially planted wheat variety that is genetically modified and planted. Farmers do want to gain access to such a strain but the controversy surrounding wheat that is genetically modified is strong. It is still not know if this wheat strain will reach greenhouses.
A global technology patent was filed. Field trials are not planned but they will come in the future.