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Genetic Tweak to Photosynthesis Could Improve Crop Yields

Genetic Tweak to Photosynthesis Could Improve Crop Yields | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it

Scientists from the United States Department of Agriculture and the University of Illinois, Urbana have created a genetic “hack” to increase the effectiveness of photosynthesis and boost crop yields by up to 40 percent.
- Dr Paul South, member of the U.S. Agricultural Research Service
The study was done using tobacco plants, but the scientists said that similar techniques could be used in C4 photosynthetic plants. Tobacco is actually a C3 plant, but it photosynthesizes like a C4 plant. Olive trees are C4 plants.

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How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat

How Seeds from War-Torn Syria Could Help Save American Wheat | CIHEAM Press Review | Scoop.it
As temperatures rise, pests and diseases are moving north into the U.S. heartland, killing crops and diminishing yields. To combat this, researchers are turning to a wild grass variety whose seeds were spirited out of Syria as the bombs fell. 
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