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August 22nd, 2015 / Genetic Literacy Project, US

thumb.aspxA newly discovered gene could increase rice production by up to a third, according to a study by Chinese scientists, potentially offering a new weapon in the fight against global hunger. By modifying the plant’s BG1 gene, the researchers said they were able to create one of the largest rice grains on the planet. Strengthening the expression of BG1 could lead to a 33.8 per cent increase in weight per thousand grains, according to Li Jiayang and Chu Chengcai of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology in Beijing.  See more.