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BYU researchers work to develop drought-resistant quinoa

As climate change threatens food availability worldwide, researchers at Brigham Young University are breeding quinoa to withstand desert-like environments, and working to develop hybrid varieties of the seed. Quinoa is a plant native to the South Andean region of South America, and is known for its edible seeds which are rich in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals — benefits that make it a desirable crop for those experiencing food scarcity. Rick Jellen, a professor of plant and wildlife sciences at BYU, has been studying quinoa since 2000, shortly after he began working at the ...

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