Team models photosynthesis and finds room for improvement

Teaching crop plants to concentrate carbon dioxide in their leaves could increase photosynthetic efficiency by 60 percent and yields by as much as 40 percent, researchers report in a new study.

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Director Steve Long featured on People Behind the Science

Dr. Stephen Long: Shedding Light on How Optimizing Photosynthesis Could Increase Plant Productivity

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Illinois university rice plot could help yields globally

To date, there has been no reason to use the words rice paddies and Illinois in the same sentence, but researchers at the University of Illinois have put the two together with hopes of making an impact on global supplies of the popular grain.

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Securing tomorrow’s food supply by engaging today’s students

There’s a career path filled with opportunities to improve societal well-being, combat devastating illnesses, and protect the environment, yet it is one that many biology students might not have considered. Despite increasing world awareness, its identity might be surprising: plant biology research.

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Illinois Study May Improve Rice Productivity

University of Illinois researchers established the university's first rice paddy to test rice performance in Illinois and at Kyoto University in Japan.

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Better-Bred Crops Could Send Global Warming Out to Space

Scientists have used computer models to imagine a world where crops are specially bred to reflect away more light and heat, without compromising productivity.

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