Genetically modified crops

'How can we improve crop yields in dry weather'

BBC Shropshire

Academics at Harper Adams University in Shropshire are exploring ways to improve the yield of crops during hot dry summers like the one we're currently experiencing.

They're growing wheat in drought conditions and treating some of it with a pine resin product - as a form of "water proofing".

Some of the wheat has been irrigated, and some a mix of drought wheat and some sprayed (pictured).

Crop yield experiment in Shropshire

If we don't get a really wet winter the soils next spring will already be dry and then the drought next summer has potential to be much much worse.

Professor Peter KettlewellHarper Adams University in Shropshire
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Paul Rincon

Science editor, BBC News website

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Customs union could stymie trade in US GMO goods to UK

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

GMO crop
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The proposed common rule book could make trading in areas such as US agrifoods more complex, says the University of Southern California's trade expert Greg Autry.

He says: "Having to deal with whatever the current fashion is in Europe, where the Europeans have decided to be afraid of GMOs [genetically modified organism] or some new agricultural technology used in the US makes that process more complex than if we were dealing just head on head with Britain."