genetic engineering

Genetic engineering innovation makes plants more efficient at using water

The world population is growing rapidly, and that signals big challenges when it comes to how best to feed and fuel everyone our planet has to support. Already agriculture uses 90 percent of the world’s freshwater supply, but this will need to be stretched even further as Earth’s population increases. Fortunately, genetic engineering may be able to help.

Paul South collecting measurements in field

Helping plants remove natural toxins could boost crop yields by 47 percent

Can you imagine the entire population of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, the United Kingdom and France going hungry? You don’t need to imagine.

tobacco

Rebooting food: Finding new ways to feed the future

Welcome to the brave new world of food, where scientists are battling a global time-bombs to find new ways to feed the future.

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Overexpressing the H‐protein of the glycine cleavage system increases biomass yield in glasshouse and field grown transgenic tobacco plants

Patricia E. Lopez‐Calcagno, Stuart Fisk, Kenny L. Brown, Simon E. Bull, Paul F. South, Christine A. Raines
Plant Biotechnology Journal
2018, DOI: 10.1111/pbi.12953
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Photosystem II Subunit S overexpression increases the efficiency of water use in a field-grown crop

Katarzyna Głowacka, Johannes Kromdijk, Katherine Kucera, Jiayang Xie, Amanda P. Cavanagh, Lauriebeth Leonelli, Andrew D. B. Leakey, Donald R. Ort, Krishna K. Niyogi & Stephen P. Long
Nature Communications
2018, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03231-x