Cacao plant, the chocolate supplier is slated to extinct in 40 years, according to the latest research. Thanking to the more parched weather and warmer temperatures, researchers from the California University are associating with Mars Company to attempt and protect the crop before it’s too late. The team is investigating the possibilities of implementing the technology for editing genes, which is known as ‘CRISPR’ to help crops survive in different weather challenges.
Myeong-Je Cho, Ph.D. Director and PI for Plant Genomics and Transformation from the University of California, Berkeley is working with Mars closely in order to create the more resistant class of cacao plants which will be able to survive and flourish in warmer and dryer climates, according to the article released in The Independent.
Cho says it may work if helped by the new technology, CRISPR that permits for little tweaks in the DNA making the crops more reliable as well as cheaper.
With US $35 billion revenue, Mars Corporation greatly known for Snickers is conscious about these problems introduced by climate change.
Chief Sustainability Officer, Barry Parkin from the Mars Inc. said that, “We’re trying to go all in here. There are obviously commitments the world is leaning into but, frankly, we don’t think we’re getting there fast enough collectively.”
Jennifer Doudna, a geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, who invented the CRISPR technology, is supervising the association with Mars. She said that, “Personally, I’d love a tomato plant with fruit that stayed on the vine longer.”