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Global hunger is on the rise, as are temperatures and water shortages. To develop new varieties of crops that can survive in a warmer, wetter or drier world, researchers must sift through a wide range of plants to find key traits, like drought- and pest-tolerance. But just as more regions come under climate stress, commercial and political interests are preventing the sharing of seeds and genomes necessary for scientists to adapt crops. The threat posed to humanity is growing.