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Billions of people rely on rice for sustenance. Genetic engineering makes it more nutritious

Rice is a key source of carbohydrate and B vitamins. However, rice consumption as a major food is not sufficient ...
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How GMO, gene-edited crops can keep cancer-causing heavy metals out of staple foods

One of the most pressing issues in public health is the presence of toxic elements in food, which potentially risk ...
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Humans may have driven weeds to evolve to resemble crop plants—And they even became edible

Nikolai Vavilov’s story has stuck with Longjiang Fan ever since he learned about the Soviet plant biologist during his undergraduate ...
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New study shows CRISPR can be applied to produce biofortified rice

A team of California plant scientists has taken a CRISPR-Cas9 approach to develop more nutritious varieties of rice. Their research, ...
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Gene-edited, salt-tolerant rice grown at sea could help feed 3.5 billion people sustainably

Growing rice in the ocean sounds a little whacky, but ocean agriculture is an emerging form of food production that ...
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CRISPR-edited crops reveal gene responsible for salt tolerance in rice

Scientists from China National Rice Research Institute reported that FLN2, a gene that encodes fructokinase-like protein2, influences sugar metabolism as ...
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CRISPR immunizes rice against multiple diseases, preserving crop yields and biodiversity

Scientists from China National Rice Research Institute used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit Semi-Dwarf1 (SD1) in elite Chinese rice varieties, which has ...
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CRISPR immunizes rice, staple crop consumed by billions, against devastating bacterial infection

Genome editing has made one of the world’s most important crops resistant to a devastating bacterial infection. ... The researchers ...
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How early farmers helped barnyard grass become one of the ‘world’s worst’ weeds

Vavilovian mimicry allowed barnyard grass to become the scourge of rice cultivation ...
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Controlling this gene boosts plant tolerance to water, salt stress

Plant Science reports that OsNCED5 gene regulated tolerance to water and salt stress, as well as leaf aging in rice ...
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Just-discovered rice gene could fuel development of new GMO herbicide-resistant crops

Rice experts from the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO) in Japan and partners found a rice gene that ...
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‘RoboDUCK’: Weed-killing robot could cut chemical use in rice farming

An engineer working for Japanese carmaker Nissan has built a robot to help farmers reduce the use of herbicides and ...
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Newly identified rice gene could help develop drought-tolerant biotech crop varieties

Drought is one of the abiotic factors that affect the yield of crops. Studies have shown that basic leucine zipper ...
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How biotech could help save rice, staple crop consumed by half the world daily, from climate change

For more than half the world’s population, rice is on the menu every single day. As a crop that can ...
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From high-yielding rice to disease-resistant oranges, CRISPR-edited crops could save our favorite foods

Some of the foods we know and love could be gone from the planet faster than you might think - chocolate ...
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Photosynthesis-efficient rice could help meet surging food demand in developing countries

Work is well underway to engineer a rice plant in a way that global production of the grain gets a dramatic ...
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Researchers hunt for heat-tolerant rice, wheat varieties as global temperatures rise

A group of Arkansas State University educators and students are studying effects of heat on rice crops in a three-university ...
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High-yield, protein-enriched rice could help combat nutrient deficiency in developing world

More than 750 million people don't get enough nutrients from their food. More than two-thirds of those people live in ...
Rice plants engineered to take up more CO2 could boost crop yields as much as 27%

Rice plants engineered to take up more CO2 could boost crop yields as much as 27%

A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice plants could increase grain yield by up to 27%, according to ...