Well, that’s what the SMH article’s accompanying picture would have you believe just by looking. I’m sure this nice boffin in the white coat doesn’t always look like he’s wondering about photographers a la fava beans and a nice chianti.
Actually, some Victorian scientists “have discovered a gene that could prevent frost damage to wheat plants and save the world’s farmers billions of dollars a year.“
According to the SMH report, “[the plant] has the ability to inhibit the growth of ice crystals, which prevents it from freezing and dying.”
That’s pretty bloody impressive. Waves of wheat on the Mongolian steppes, here we come.