Andrew Lloyd, Evariste, Norway discussed on The Science Show

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So that we can dial up the level of recombination to eight. This mixing of traits. And then turn it back down again after we've developed our new variety and will you be using wild plants. Will you be adding their dreams in any way. Well that's one of the great powers of what we're hoping to develop these technologies that will really help access some of those really beneficial traits. That are out there in wild relatives of copies and over the last decade these bain a real huge increase in the understanding of the importance and the sort of genetic resource at these wad relatives of crop species represent and so you have places like the style seed volt between norway and the north pole with if i think so far collected about a million different accessions of different crops and wild relatives of these crops and there are similar programs running in the uk. Australia collecting these resources to safeguard the biodiversity. That's out there. 'cause the one in no way that is really spectacular because you got an entrance which is above the ice and then you walk down down the ramp into the mountain and into the permafrost. That's right in a vast glassy and as you say you've got thousand hundreds of thousands millions of seeds. And can you go and borrow some of to get your genes. Yes the great thing about these seat. Banks across the world is that they send out thousands of samples of sates. That people are interested in two researches or plant breeders old across the world but actually transferring those useful traits across into a crop is a very challenging and time consuming process that takes many generations. And so we're hoping to help speed up that transition and access some of those really useful traits that are out there in these relatives of crop species. Andrew lloyd who's a succumb fellow at evariste with soon to take up a future leaders fellowship. In britain he madelayed..

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