Research by an East Carolina University faculty member may help combat world hunger through the development of high-yield and healthier crops.
Dr. Yiping Qi, ECU assistant professor of biology, is conducting plant translational research in order to improve yield, nutrition and disease resistance in crops.
His work includes creating technology to edit plant genomes. This process breaks down plant DNA into specific sequences in order to achieve precise goals, such as removing or introducing new genetic material.
The editing technology can be applied to a wide range of crops, meaning that it could impact agriculture on a global scale.
“Specifically, I am interested in developing and applying new breeding tools to transfer the knowledge that scientists have learned from many years’ basic plant science research into real products, which are improved crops that are disease-resistant, high yield and containing better nutrition and fewer allergens,” Qi said.

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