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Psychedelic maize may help increase crop and biofuel yields

June 7, 2010

Research published in the May 2010 issue of the journal Genetics suggests that maize has multiple independent pathways used to regulate and export sugars throughout its various organs.

“This study shows that there is still a lot to learn about genes that control carbohydrate distribution in plants,” said David Braun. “By learning how these genes work, I hope we’ll be able to improve plant growth and crop yield to solve some of the serious challenges concerning sustainable food and fuel production.”

The full news release is available from EurekAlert.

Related research strengths:
Cell Biology, Genetics & Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology