Cassava breeding hasn’t improved photosynthesis or yield potential

RIPE researchers analyzed four cassava cultivars preferred by African farmers and found unimproved varieties photosynthesize better than varieties selected for improved pest and disease resistance.

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Scientists engineer crops to conserve water, resist drought

Agriculture already monopolizes 90 percent of global freshwater--yet production still needs to dramatically increase to feed and fuel this century's growing population. For the first time, scientists have improved how a crop uses water by 25 percent without compromising yield by altering the expression of one gene that is found in all plants, as reported in Nature Communications.

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