Using CRISPR to activate ancient genes, Alora’s plan could be key to our future food supply.
The same set of genes that allows seagrasses to grow in saltwater is lying dormant and unused in many of our terrestrial crops such as rice, wheat, and corn. If we could activate these genes, those crops could be grown in brackish water—or even directly in the ocean—becoming a formidable new asset in the global food supply chain. To feed the world in 2050, we’ll need to produce almost 60 percent more food compared to 2010.
Ocean agriculture startup Alora is trying to do exactly that.
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