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Chilean scientists develop salt tolerant citrus

In the laboratory, the team have generated more than 70 plants resistant to soils with high salt content.

As a result of more than four years of research, Chilean scientists have developed genetically modified (GM) citrus plants tolerant to salinity. The research was led by Professor Patricio Arce from the Catholic University of Chile, where over 70 plants, resistant to high salt conditions, were generated; from which those with greater effectiveness selected.

The second phase is the evaluation of varieties in the field. The experiments will be carried out in the Valle de Copiapo and will give priority to the varieties of commercial interests. The tests will be conducted under controlled biosafety conditions, with the permission of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock of Chile. Periodic reviews will take into account vegetative growth, morphological and ecophysiological characterization.

Other institutions participating in the project: The Foundation for Fruit Development (FDF), the Association of Fruit Exporters (ASOEX) and the company Unifrutti Traders Ltda.

Source: Universidad Católica de Chile / Translated by Freshplaza

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