Biotech Updates

NCKU's Research on Heat-tolerant Cauliflower Seedlings Benefits World Food Supply

February 10, 2012

"Heat stress due to high ambient temperatures is an important agricultural problem in the world. High temperature exposures result in floral abortion on many plant species, including bean, broccoli, cauliflower, cotton, pea, pepper, and tomato," Professor Huang Hao-Jen of life science at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) noted.

The research team developed and selected a number of genetic markers that would allow the improvement of the brassicas especially cauliflower to be tolerant to temperatures higher than 25°C.  "Biotechnology seed industry may have a promising future in Taiwan and the production of seedlings of high economic value crops for export can be the new focus of Taiwan's agriculture," Huang further suggested. Now, cauliflower can be grown all year round with this biotechnology.

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