First clonal rice seeds are an agricultural dream come true

Photos by: Innovative Genomics

CRISPR/Cas9 was used to re-engineer rice from a sexual mode to an asexual one. The genes involved in this study are found in other staple crops, too, so this is a major milestone for agronomists tackling our impending food challenges. This also raises hopes for farmers looking to produce higher yielding plants more economically.  Now they can plant and replant clonal seeds from top varieties, without losing valuable traits in a DNA shuffle.

[Innovative Genomics]