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Tinkering with plants helps to boost crop yields

Monday 12 Dec 16 11:00am

The experimental genetic modifications made to tobacco plants could potentially be applied to all staple food crops | Andy Maluche
By TIM RADFORD | Plant scientists in the US have devised a new way to enhance the efficiency of crops: tune up the biochemical machinery of plants such as wheat, rice, maize, or even cabbages, to make the best of the available light and so increase yields.

A second group of scientists believes they may even have gone one better than the vegetable world: they have explored plant chemistry and improved on it in order to get plants to trap more atmospheric carbon dioxide and turn it into tissue.

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