SciTech Daily: Study Reveals That Organic Farming Changes Plants’ Genetic Code

SciTech Daily: Study Reveals That Organic Farming Changes Plants’ Genetic Code
20 May 2024

A long-term study conducted at the University of Bonn compared the growth of barley plants under organic and conventional farming methods, revealing significant genetic adaptations in the plants under organic conditions. Over 23 years, organic barley developed specific genetic traits, particularly in response to nutrient deficiency and water scarcity, compared to conventionally farmed barley. The research highlights the importance of cultivating varieties tailored for organic farming, as their genetic makeup better equips them for environmental fluctuations, potentially leading to higher yields. The study underscores the value of cross-breeding with older or wild varieties, offering insights for both organic and conventional agriculture. Published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development, the findings contribute to understanding the genetic dynamics of plant adaptation to different farming practices.

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Photo Credit: Over a 23-year study at the University of Bonn, researchers found that barley grown organically adapted genetically to its environment, becoming more genetically diverse and robust compared to barley grown conventionally. The study emphasizes the necessity of developing crop varieties specifically for organic farming to harness these adaptive benefits. Credit:

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