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November 25th, 2015 / Iowa State University, US

thumb.aspx A recently published study from two Iowa State University scientists shows that a gene found only in a single plant species can increase protein content when introduced into staple crops. The research has implications for a wide array of crops, especially for staples grown in the developing world, where sufficient sources of protein are sometimes limited. “We’ve found that introducing this gene to plants such as corn, rice and soybean increases protein without affecting yields,” said Ling Li, an adjunct assistant professor of genetics, development and cell biology. Read more