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    Scientists Based in Scotland Decode the Full DNA Sequence of the Potato, One of the World's Most Important Staple Crops, for the First Time.

    full DNA sequence of the potato for the first time, the journal Nature reports.

    The breakthrough holds out the promise of boosting harvests of one of the world's most important staple crops.

    Researchers at the James Hutton Institute in Dundee, which contributed to the work, say it should soon be possible to develop improved varieties of potato much more quickly.

    The genome of an organism is a map of how all of its genes are put together.

    Each gene controls different aspects of how the organism grows and develops.

    Slight changes in these instructions give rise to different varieties.

    Each individual has a slightly different version of the DNA sequence for the species.

    Professor Iain Gordon, chief executive of the James Hutton Institute, said decoding the potato genome should enable breeders to create varieties which are more nutritious, as well as resistant to pests and diseases.
    Colour and flavour

    He hopes it will help meet the challenge of feeding the world's soaring population.

    The research is far from complete. Analysing the genetic sequence of the plant will take several more years.

    At the moment it can take more than 10 years to breed an improved variety.

    By locating the genes that control traits like yield, colour, starchiness and flavour, the research should make it possible to develop better spuds much more quickly.

    Potatoes provide the world's fourth-largest crop, with an annual, global yield of 330m tonnes.
    Source http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14096485

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    The food of the future... Genetically modified and patented...

    They also seem to have decoded the wheat and rice genomes. And we all know what they've already done to corn...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilderinc View Post
    The food of the future... Genetically modified and patented...
    Yep, and farmers will have to pay the likes of Monsanto exorbitant sums for the "super" seed. Saving seed for the next year will be a punishable offence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Horned God View Post
    Yep, and farmers will have to pay the likes of Monsanto exorbitant sums for the "super" seed. Saving seed for the next year will be a punishable offence.
    FARMAGEDDON - trailer - about the corporate assault on small local and organic farming in the USA


    The days of a Caesar salad which travels 6000 miles before it reaches your mouth are over. Not because of the organic, or "green" movement but simply because it is no longer sustainable or affordable to pay for the gas which currently sustains our food supply. That's what the biggest threat to big corporate farming is. oil. A close second is labor, and if you want to see what a mess we've made in Alabama with tough anti migrant labor laws then you can take a drive and watch all the food rotting on the vines.

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