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March 27, 2015
Discovery of heat-tolerant beans could save 'meat of the poor' from global warming
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (SPX) Mar 27, 2015
Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders with the CGIAR global agriculture research partnership announced the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders refer to them, of "heat-beater" beans that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa. "This discovery could be a big boon for bean production because we are facing a dire situation where, by 2050, globa ... read more

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