Crop Biotech Update

Researchers Develop Drought-Resistant Tea

October 3, 2012

Researchers from the Tea Research Foundation of Central Africa have developed tea clones that can cope with the worst droughts in Malawi in recent years. Scientists used genetic biomarkers to develop the drought-resistant tea cultivars. Natural products such as tea are important cash crops in many African countries. According to the Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the tea sector accounted for 7.9 per cent of the country's foreign exchange earnings in 2007, and employs about 40,000 people.

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