BSPB chief calls for support for precision breeding amendment in Agriculture Bill

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Samantha Brooke, Chief Executive of the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) has urged members of the House of Lords to support an amendment to the Agriculture Bill, which is set to be debated during the Committee Stage of the ongoing Parliament.

The amendment could give Britain’s scientists and breeders access to the latest gene editing techniques and mark a step change in prospects for crop improvement to support more sustainable, productive and climate resilient agriculture.

“Advanced gene editing techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9 can improve the speed and precision of crop breeding, opening up significant opportunities to keep pace with demands for increased agricultural productivity, resource-use efficiency, more durable pest and disease resistance, improved nutrition and resilience to climate change,” explains Samantha Brook.