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New 'Jack and the Beanstalk' gene could feed the world with giant fruit and vegetables

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Daily Star's biggest headlines straight to your inbox!A discovery being touted as the “Jack and the Beanstalk gene” is giving scientists renewed hope that they’ll be able to keep feeding the world despite the threats posed by climate change.A US and Chinese team has devised a technique that has seen yields of staple crops such as rice and potato increase threefold after sprouting longer roots.The crops proved speedier at turning sunlight into energy, and they also survived drought better than their conventional cousins.The breakthrough by the boffins opens the door to a real-life fairy-tale of being able to grow produce that’s immune to climate change, keeping the planet in food at a time when the population continues to boom.

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