£6m backing for GM crop trials

Scientists based in Norwich have won a £6.4 million grant to develop GM crops that need little or no fertiliser.

It is hoped the work at the John Innes Centre in Norwich will benefit struggling maize farmers in sub-Saharan Africa who cannot afford to treat their crops.

Plant scientists at the independent unit are trying to engineer corn, rice and maize crops capable of taking nitrogen from the air - as peas and beans do - rather than needing chemical ammonia spread on fields.