Barley Variety Modified to Work With Fungi

British plant scientists plan to field test a new variety of barley that is designed to co-operate with beneficial fungi in the soil.

This month in England, researchers from the University of Cambridge Crop Science Centre will seed a barley variety that has been genetically modified so it can better interact with mycorrhizal fungi.

“Working with natural and beneficial microbial associations in plants has the potential to replace or greatly reduce the need for inorganic fertilizers, with significant benefits for improving soil health,” said Giles Oldroyd, a crop science professor and lead researcher for the Crop Science Centre project.

Oldroyd has spent years designing cereal crops to become more like soybeans and peas: legume crops that can fix their own nitrogen.

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