Virtual plants: The new tool to maximize crop yields

Aug 25, 2017, 6:26 AM EDT
(Source: Dominic Alves/flickr)
(Source: Dominic Alves/flickr)

Considering how climate change can alter temperature, soil’s nutrient makeup and other environmental conditions key to agriculture, scientists across the world are employing a new weapon, virtual plants, to help farmers cope with variations without compromising their yields.

The technique involves creation of computer simulations that let farmers preview how different crops would grow under different set of variables, which can eventually help in maximizing the yields, notes Tree Hugger.

The approach gives rise to a belief that the future of farming may not be restricted to just fields with graphics taking over as the new testing beds, writes Scientific American.