Carlsberg Research Lab Develops New Cultivation Technology
Scientists at Carlsberg Research Laboratory have invented a super-fast selection technology for crops, which the brewer says will pave the way for the crops of the future.
The non-GMO selection method FIND-IT (rapid identification of nucleotide variants by DigITal PCR droplets) is expected to improve crop yields, climate tolerance and quality.
The research was published in the latest issue of Science Advances, Carlsberg added.
Improved crop varieties
The solution comes at a time when worries about rising temperatures and the projection that current rates of crop yield increases will not meet the food needs of 9-10 billion people by 2050 are prominent.
Professor Birgitte Skadhauge, Vice President of the Carlsberg Research Laboratory, said: “It is a known fact that we will need crops in the future which, for example, have better quality and greater tolerance to heat and drought.
“Thanks to our technology, we are able to screen a very large number of cultures [varieties] in a very short time and find a specific variant, which tolerates heat or drought better. Then, the isolated variant can be reproduced in new improved varieties capable of growing all over the world. »
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Carlsberg Research Laboratory
FIND-IT allows ultra-fast analysis of many types of plants, such as cereal crops, as well as microbes. It includes barley, yeasts and bacterial strains crucial for brewing, food production and many industrial processes, Carlsberg noted.
The technology accelerates the development process from laboratory to field evaluation and product development. It has great potential to encourage sustainable agriculture outside of the brewing world.
The brewer says that the publication of these results shows the work of the Carlsberg Research Laboratory and the Carlsberg Foundation, which contributed financially to the project, in the search for sustainable solutions for the betterment of society.
“We are very proud that the Carlsberg Research Laboratory continues to build on its long scientific reputation with the invention of the FIND-IT methodology, which we believe will prove to be a game-changing technology that will enable researchers around the world to meet global challenges,” added Professor Søren-Peter Olesen, Chairman of the Carlsberg Research Laboratory Supervisory Board.
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