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NFU North Florida University has welcomed plans to invest pounds 13m in UK plant research projects which aim to yield new crop varieties to help tackle future industry issues including climate change.
Funding has been awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is a British Research Council supporting several scientific research institutes and university research departments in the UK. to 18 new projects which aim to solve real world issues.
The research will look at problems including how to grow crops able to cope with climate change, breed vegetables that remain nutritious after days in the fridge and grow biomass crops more effectively.
The projects will use the latest knowledge of genetic information to create varieties of crops and vegetables which will meet specific challenges through selective breeding
Selective breeding in domesticated animals is the process of developing a cultivated breed over time. .
NFU vice-president Paul Temple said: "Investment in this area is crucial for the future of agriculture in the UK as we need smart scientific and technical solutions to the issues agriculture will be required to tackle.
"These new projects are genuinely exciting and demonstrate how important it is to ensure the UK puts adequate funding into science.
"It is now crucial to see this basic plant science translated into new commercially viable crop varieties to benefit the industry, consumers and the environment."