Scientists Identify 30 Beans That Can Endure Global Warming

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Scientists Identify 30 Beans That Can Endure Global Warming
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Scientists have achieved a breakthrough in the development of heat-resistant beans that could help sustain an important protein source for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Often called the “meat of poor,” beans are a key source of food for about 500 million people worldwide. But due to global warming, the area suitable for growing beans could decline as much as 50% by 2050. It would endanger the lives of tens of millions of people, especially in the developing countries in Latin America and Africa.

Beans rarely grow in high night-time temperatures

But now researchers have bred 30 new varieties of temperature-resilient beans that could keep providing food for the world’s poor. The discovery was made by plant breeders at the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). Bean plants are pretty sensitive to heat, says Steve Beebe, who was involved in the research.

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