A New Breed of Beans That Can Thrive in a Warming Climate

A New Breed of Beans That Can Thrive in a Warming Climate

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In the face of drought and rising temperatures, how can we make crops better able to thrive in changing conditions?

One researcher from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia has an idea — make beans more suited to hot weather.

He is crossing traditional beans (think pinto, black, and kidney beans) with the tepary bean, a species that has long thrived in the Southwestern United States.

Why aren't we just eating tepary beans? Mostly because the beans themselves are small and not very many of them grow on each plant. But researchers hope that creating a hybrid with tepary beans and other types of beans will lead to crops with better yields and the ability to withstand warmer, drier conditions.

Read more: Meet The Cool Beans Designed To Beat Climate Change from NPR: The Salt

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