GE Tobacco Developed for More Efficient Photosynthesis

Researchers from Cornell University in the United States, and Rothamsted Research in the United Kingdom successfully transferred genes from cyanobacteria into tobacco plants. The genes allow the plant to produce a more efficient enzyme for converting carbon dioxide from the atmosphere into sugars and other carbohydrates, something that could boost yields by around 36 to 60 percent.

The study is published Sept. 17 in the journal Nature.

Source: Cornell Chronicle, September 17, 2014.

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