|Barley Field in northern Europe|
(Icknield Way, United Kingdom)Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The discovered gene mutation essentially "knocks out" the circadian clock and its functions in Scandinavian barley varieties. This allows flowering independent of the length of the day, which means this occurs much earlier in the shorter growing season. This discovery will help develop other plant varieties that are adaptable in shorter growing seasons. It is another "tool" in the fight against climate change.
Funding for this research at the John Innes Centre was provided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).