Cold Snap: the physics of food security

How a single mutation in one gene leads to cold-tolerance in rice   In the summer of 1980, Korean rice farmers were getting nervous.¬† The weather was cooler than usual. The unseasonable¬†temperatures had begun in July and were continuing through late August. ¬†When September began, things got worse. Even the autumn temperatures were lower than normal. In the end, it was the worst harvest since the Korean War. More than three quarters of a million hectares of rice crops had been damaged, equating to a loss of around 1.5 million tons of… Read More