Friday, May 01, 2015

Work of Stephen Long at UIllinois using Cyanobacteria genes

From greenbiz

Long’s lab has demonstrated in a soon-to-be-published paper that inserting genes from cyanobacteria, a type of photosynthetic bacteria, into crop plants can make photosynthesis 30 percent more efficient. A project backed by the philanthropic Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is attempting to convert rice from C3 to C4
The paper identifies two steps necessary to achieve these gains. First, techniques that allow researchers to insert genes into targeted parts of the genome must be translated from microbe biotechnology into plant biotechnology. Second, existing partial computer models of crop plants must be combined into a complete simulation.


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