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Climate change seeds saved for future crops

Posted Jul 23 2013 4:10am

An international operation has been launched to save seeds from wild plants which scientists believe will be crucial in protecting crops from the potentially devastating impact of climate change.

How best to feed a growing population in a changing climate is fiercely debated with many new and emerging research fields hoping to provide a solution.

Estimates suggest that food production will have to increase by at least 60% by 2050 to feed a rapidly increasing population, which is expected to top nine billion.

The UK government has announced it will put £160m into agricultural industries “to deliver sustainable, healthy and affordable food for future generations”.

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