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    Default Syrian seeds and the future of wheat

    Mark Schapiro
    May 14, 2018

    Engulfed by war, Syria's seed bank still provided the genetic resources for a new generation of climate-resilient wheat varieties

    When a team of researchers set loose a buzzing horde of Hessian flies on 20,000 seedlings in a Kansas greenhouse, they made a discovery that continues to ripple from midwestern wheat fields to the rolling hills that surround the battered Syrian city of Aleppo. The seeds, once stored in a seed bank outside of that now largely destroyed city, could end up saving United States wheat from the disruptions triggered by climate change — and look likely to, soon enough, make their way into the foods that Americans eat.
    According to the National Climatic Data Center, from 2000 to 2015, average temperatures in the Midwest rose from 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit above what had been the 20th-century average. Time between rainfalls is lengthening, according to a 2016 assessment by the EPA. In other words, conditions in some areas of the Midwest are starting to resemble conditions in the Mideast.

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    Default Re: Syrian seeds and the future of wheat

    Having always been fascinated with seeds, I love articles like this! Thanks heavens the seed bank was not destroyed, and Western agriculture may be able to be saved by the Middle East. Ironic indeed!

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