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Published: 13 Jun 2018

A study into the breeding of salt-tolerant crops has made an important finding, which could prove instrumental in long-term efforts to address global food security.

The research, published in the journal Cell Research, found that quinoa, which is naturally salt-tolerant, could serve as a model for developing salt-tolerant varieties of related crops including spinach and sugar beets.

Co-author, TIA Professor Sergey Shabala, said intensification of agricultural production and heavy irrigation posed a significant challenge for global food security.

“This latest research is helping to address this challenge by taking a new approach to the breeding of salt-tolerant crops. We focussed on quinoa due to its natural resistance to abiotic stresses such as salinity, drought and low temperatures,” Professor Sergey said.

Professor Shabala explains his research in this video.

Find out more about Professor Sergey’s research on the University of Tasmania website.