Discovery of oil palm gene could enhance production, conservation

07/29/2013 | BBC

U.S. and Malaysian scientists have pinpointed the oil palm gene that controls yield, a discovery that could potentially lead to higher production on smaller plantations. The discovery of the gene, which controls shell thickness and amount of fruit, can be used "to maximize land usage and produce a lot more on the same amount of land... because we do not want to get into the rainforest any more," said study author Rajinder Singh.

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