How plant science is rewriting our future stories


Emily Emily Emily! Wakey wakey it’s your
turn. My Birthday by Emily Home. This year on my
birthday mum and dad took me to see the last oak tree in England. This is an oak tree,
there used to be lots and lots of them but now there is only one. On the way, because
it was my birthday, mum asked me what I wanted to eat I said I wanted a picnic.
I helped mum and dad find the food in the supermarket. they had apples this time but
they still didn’t have po-ta-toes. It made a man angry. I didn’t care though, because
mum said we could have bread as a treat. I wanted rolls but they didn’t have any rolls
so we had half a loaf instead, which is still good!
Soon we were in the countryside. The countryside is nice but is very quiet.
When we got to the forest it was closed. We ate our picnic as close to the trees as we
could. I didn’t see the last oak tree in the end.
Everyday scientists are working to help re-write our future stories by finding ways to help
solve the world’s most pressing problems, creating a future we all want to see.
They are finding new ways of combating the diseases that are killing our nation’s trees,
and helping to identify the threats to our farms.
By understanding pests and disease better, they are creating treatments and new farm
practices to combat them. While at the same time developing new varieties of wheat that
are resistant to the diseases threaten ing the world’s wheat growing regions. And they
are using breeding programmes and genetic modification to defeat blight, the devastating
disease that threatens our potatoes and tomato crops.
These are just some of the ways that research is helping to re-write our future. There are
many more.