The number of human population worldwide is expected to increase to up to 9 billion people by the year 2050. Currently, Malaysia total population was estimated at 30 million people and is projected to increase to 36 million people by the year 2030 (United Nations Population Division 2015). The discovery made by a group of scientist from University of California Riverside in developing drought tolerant plant has shown potential outcome to a cheaper and a more sustainable agricultural productivity for the future. The increasing global temperature is threatening the plants, with hotter environment that increases their water consumption. Tune in to the news audio below to learn more:
“could drought threatened crops be engineered to reduced their water loss during drought?”
Through genetic modification, the researchers team has found a way to control the water consumption of genetically engineered plants using mandipropamid, an agrochemical widely used in agricultural field today. As a result, the survival chances of these plants under drought condition are higher. Malaysia is a country with a tropical and humid climate. impact of climate change still has not shown any adverse effect upon the country agricultural yield. However, data suggests by Malaysian Meteorological Department shows that the future impact upon agriculture productivity of the country is at stake. Thus, with the new research proven for its effectiveness against increasing temperature, it is a method worth implemented in Malaysia for the potential it possess in preventing food shortage crisis in the future.