America's cotton farmers are facing low prices and unpredictable weather patterns, but new research led by Z. Jeffrey Chen at The University of Texas at Austin might offer a break for the industry. His team has taken the first step toward a new way of breeding heartier, more productive cotton through a process called epigenetic modification.
Credit: Chen Laboratory/Univ. of Texas at Austin.
First step taken toward epigenetically modified cotton
Epigenetic modification represents new ways to breed plants and animals by selectively turning gene expression on and off to create new lineages without altering genes.