Experts from Chinaand Germany published a review about the impact of
novel plant breeding techniqueson boosting cereal crops' production. The
open-access article is released in/Plants/journal.
Cereals are the major source of human food globally. With the
continuously increasing demand for food, changing climate conditions,
and prevalence of diseases, cereal production has been a challenge.
Thus, researchers have been finding ways to improve production using
conventional techniques. However, such approaches require long periods
of time and additional inputs to develop improved varieties. With the
recent developments in genome editing, there is also an increase in the
possibility of precise and faster crop improvement. These techniques
includeCRISPR-Cas9, CRISPR-Cpf1, prime editing, base editing, dCas9
epigenetic modification, and several other transgene-free genome editing
According to the review article, these technologies have led to
revolutionary developments and researchers have quickly attained
remarkable achievements. However, these tools are often linked with
various bottlenecks that prevent the scaling development of new
varieties that can be dealt with by integrating the genome editing tools
with the improved conventional breeding methods such as speed breeding,
which would take plant breeding to the next level. The review also
summarizes the traditional, molecular, and integrated approaches to
speed up the breeding procedure of cereals.
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