20 April 1998
Scientists try to put ‘anti-frost’ gene into plants

US scientists are trying to genetically-engineer plants that are frost resistant.

Scientists at Michigan State University have succeeded in altering the genes of a weedy plant called Arabidopsis. Experiments showed that its leaves could be frozen and thawed with far less damage.

They are now hoping to use the technique on other crops, particularly wheat, according to a report in the magazine Science.

  • The Times 20/04/98 page 15