Securing the future of food
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Phosphate is a primary ingredient of chemical fertilisers used in growing food crops. Just like water, it’s essential to all forms of life.
But deposits of phosphate are limited and projections suggest this precious resource might only last another 100 years. And like many other non-renewable resources, the global supply of phosphate is increasingly controlled by fewer and fewer interests.
To address the phosphate crisis, Professor Jim Whelan and his team at La Trobe's Centre for AgriBioscience are re-engineering the DNA of plants to make them hardier and use less of the substance that every single living thing depends on.