To celebrate Universities Week and some of the ground-breaking research work undertaken at Welsh universities, Higher Education Wales is to feature a case study from each of our universities over the coming week to highlight the impact they’re having through creating Ideas for Life.
The following case study is from Bangor University.
From small seeds to global impact
Over 5 million households in India and Nepal have experienced improved welfare and prosperity through the introduction of new and improved strains of maize and rice. The new strains, which have increased crop yields by up to 40%, were developed using innovative techniques led by Bangor University and involving local farmers. Client oriented breeding involves selecting strains of crop according to traits considered important by farmers and consumers.
It is estimated that 360,000 tonnes of additional maize was produced between 2008-13 and 10 new rice varieties introduced.