Beans are the staple diet for almost half a billion people around the globe
A breakthrough in the development of temperature-resilient beans could help sustain a vital source of protein for millions of people around the globe.
The news offers a glimmer of hope for many farmers in developing nations.
Climate projections suggest that 50% of the countries’ bean production will be lost by 2050 if farmers do not have access to the new variety of bean.
The discovery was made by plant breeders at CGIAR, a global agricultural research group.
One of the plant breeders involved in the research, Steve Beebe – a senior bean researcher at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) – explained that bean plants were, as a rule, very sensitive to excessive heat.
“Typically, beans are not grown in environments where the night temperature is above 18C (64F) or 19C,” he told BBC News.