Four left plants are the usual plants. The four on the right are genetically modified to overcome the photosynthesis glitch - Credit: Claire Benjamin/RIPE Project
Photosynthetic glitch fixed – Whop a 40% increase in crop growth - short science news and articles

Plants use sunlight and convert it to energy by photosynthesis. But most crops have a glitch and this dramatically suppresses their energy production.

Plants have an enzyme called Rubisco, which sometimes confuses oxygen with CO2, which is responsible for this glitch. This happens more when the temperature increases. Global warming thus complicates matters further.

Scientists have now fixed this glitch and it seems that that we can feed an additional 200 million people worldwide.

Read the full story: Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Scientific publication: Science


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