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Project looks to boost rice yields using synthetic biology

The C4 Rice Project, an Oxford University-led program with researchers from universities from eight countries, looks to boost rice yields by at least 50%, while reducing fertilizer and water usage, by re-engineering rice plant leaves using synthetic biology. The researchers inserted genes from the C4 plant maize into the C3 rice plants so the plants can use C4 photosynthesis to speed up carbon dioxide capture and processing, but the team is still testing which genes regulate this change.

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