Crop Biotech Update

In Future Climates, Modified Soybeans Yield More

May 10, 2017

In a three-year field study conducted in the United States, researchers proved that engineered soybeans yield more than conventional soybeans in the year 2050, when population is predicted to be at 9.7 billion and carbon dioxide levels to hit 600 parts per million—a 50% increase over today's levels.

The study, published in the Journal of Experimental Botany, found that the modified crop yielded more when subjected to both increased temperature and carbon dioxide levels; however, they found little to no difference between the modified and unmodified crops grown in either increased temperature, increased carbon dioxide, or today's climate conditions.

More details are available at the University of Illinois website.