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Israel harnessing DNA of bygone wild crops to enhance food supply

By Rinat Harash and Ari Rabinovitch

10 Nov 2022 · 2 min read

Rishon Lezion, Israel, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Could the key to securing the world's food supply for the future be hidden in the DNA of crops from the distant past?

Scientists in Israel are creating a gene bank from the seeds of local wild crops, some that have survived for thousands of years since the birth of agriculture and that may help farmers deal with a harsher climate in the coming decades.

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