Did you know that chihuahuas have something in
common with cabbages?
Today’s pet dogs were domesticated over thousands of years from wolves, thanks to selective breeding and domestication by man. The same selective approach was used to breed many of the vegetable varieties we eat today from naturally occurring wild species. For example did you know that cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, kale and Brussels sprouts all originated from the same wild plant  ?
The need to breed new crop varieties which are resilient to climate change and which can help reduce environmental impact has never been so urgent. Fortunately, new genomic/breeding techniques (also known as NBTs) are now available to help meet these important challenges.
They could be used by plant breeders to accelerate Europe’s ability to achieve objectives set out in the Farm to Fork and Green Deal strategies and make important contributions to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals such as Zero Hunger and Promoting Biodiversity. However, their ability to do so will depend on policymakers permitting commercialization of these innovative crops.
 BBC.co.uk - Bitesize. Part of Biology (Single Science): Selective breeding and gene technology
 Euroseed: Innovation to preserve tradition fungi-resistant grape vine (2020)
 Schmidt, Belisle & Frommer: The evolving landscape around genome editing in agriculture. EMBO Rep (2020) 21:e50680
 EuropaBio: Genome Editing FAQ