The plant breeders’ dilemma: sex or no sex?

25 March 2021

An international team, led by UQ researcher Professor Anna Koltunow, seek to improve the lives of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa using self-reproducing crops.

Unlike humans, plants have the unique ability to switch between sexual and asexual modes of reproduction.

The team at Hy-Gain believe this quirk of nature can be leveraged to breed hybrid crops capable of asexual reproduction.

The introduction of hybrid crops into the world’s poorest farming communities would help improve food security, cut down on farming costs, and help farmers transition from subsistence living to farming for profit.

Watch 'Rewiring plant reproduction for higher seed yields' video, featuring Professor Koltunow.

Full article published in QS Global Education News, p.106.

Read about the Hy-Gain project