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want more crop variety? researchers propose using crispr to accelerate plant domestication

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want more crop variety? researchers propose using crispr to accelerate plant domestication

this figure shows how during the domestication of ancestral crops, plants carrying spontaneous mutations in domestication genes were selected for. the same genes can be targeted in wild plants by genome editing, resulting in a rapidly domesticated plant. credit: palmgren et al./trends in plant science 2017out of the more than 300,000 plant species in existence, only three species—rice, wheat, and maize—account for most of the plant matter that humans consume, partly because in the history of agriculture, mutations arose that made these crops the easiest to harvest. but with crispr technology, we don't have to wait for nature to help us domesticate plants, argue researchers at the univ...