National Geographic: Breeding climate-resilient sunflowers
“Already capable of growing in harsh conditions, sunflowers have the potential to withstand even more.”
Dr. Loren Rieseberg, CSFS associate and professor in UBC’s Department of Botany, commented on how sunflowers are considered one of the more environmentally resilient crops.
Sunflower roots extend twice as deep as those of corn – this allows them more access to water. However, with global warming and less predictable growing conditions, the genetic diversity of its family members is examined to identify evolutionary advantages from their DNA.