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DNA Of Ancient Lost Barley Could Help Modern Crops Cope With Water Stress

Environment  (tags: Envionment, DNA, Barley, grains, farming, climate-change, Sustainabililty )

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ScienceDaily (July 24, 2009)- Researchers at the University of Warwick have recovered significant DNA information from a lost form of ancient barley that triumphed for over 3000 years seeing off: 5 changes in civilization, water shortages and a--

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Dee C (23)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 5:26 am
"The researchers, led by Dr Robin Allaby from the University of Warwick's plant research arm Warwick HRI, examined Archaeobotanical remains of ancient barley at Qasr Ibrim in Egypt's Upper Nile. This is a site that was occupied for over 3000 years by 5 successive cultures: Napatan, Roman, Meoitic, Christian and Islamic.

The first surprise for the researchers was that throughout that period every culture seemed to be growing a two rowed form of barley. While natural wild barley tends to be two rowed most farmers prefer to grow a much higher yield 6 row version which produces up to 3 times as many grains. That 6 row version has grown for over 8000 years and that was certainly grown in the lower Nile over the same period as Qasr Ibrim was occupied. It was thought that despite the fact that the rest of Egypt used 6 row barley that the farmers of Qasr Ibrim were perhaps deliberately choosing to import 2 rowed barley but the researchers could not understand why that would be so."

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cowboss at wscc (68)
Saturday July 25, 2009, 6:38 pm
My interpretation of the story -- Mother nature is much better at genetic engineering than Monsanto.


Eternal Optimist (115)
Sunday July 26, 2009, 12:16 am
Noted with thanks Dee,
don't you just love it when Mother Nature rubs their noses in it :)
I'm with you Cowboss!

Karen S (106)
Sunday July 26, 2009, 3:52 am
Thanx Dee. This is good news and bad news. The good news; Nature has a way of adapting to hostile growing conditions. The bad news; Man has found a way to capitalize on what nature already does best and screws it up in the process. No GMOs for me thanx.

. (0)
Sunday July 26, 2009, 7:08 pm
There are always wonderful cures for nature in God's mediciine chest..
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