Plant geneticists develop a new application of CRISPR to break yield barriers in crops

Scientists have finally harnessed the untapped power of genome editing to improve agricultural crops. In the tomato plant they have mobilized CRISPR to rapidly generate variants of the plant displaying a continuum of three agriculturally important traits: fruit size, branching architecture and overall plant shape. All are major components in determining yield. The method is designed to work in all food, feed, and fuel crops, including staples rice, maize, sorghum and wheat.