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Genetic Discovery Could Make Growing Biomass More Productive

Written by , on May 17, 2011

Researchers at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Oklahoma have reported a genetic discovery that allows individual plants to produce more biomass. This means that biofuel crops could have higher yields without increasing their agricultural footprint. Dr Huanzhong Wang has discovered a gene that controls the production of lignin within the stems of arabidopsis and […]  Read more »

Genetic Engineering

Written by , on May 9, 2008

Farmers have been genetically modifying plants and animals for thousands of years – producing hybrids through traditional breeding methods and then selecting out those with favourable characteristics. But these traditional methods, like cross-fertilisation, can take thousands of trials over many years to obtain the required characteristic and weed out undesirable ones. Genetic engineering elimates the […]  Read more »