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Photosynthesis Differs in Rice Varieties — Natural Diversity Could Boost Yields

March 11th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

Rice is a direct source of calories for more people than any other and serves as the main staple for some 560 million chronically hungry people in Asia. With over 120,000 varieties of cultivated rice (Oryza sativa) across the globe, there is a wealth of natural diversity to be mined by plant scientists to increase yields. A team from the University of Illinois and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) examined how 14 diverse varieties photosynthesize—the process by which all crops convert sunlight energy into sugars that ultimately become our food


Clean Links

January 25th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

No matter how much we increase our content, I can’t avoid ending up with a ton of stories I wish [&hellip


Biodiesel Production Getting More Efficient, Using Less Fossil Fuel

August 1st, 2011 | by Tina Casey

One knock against biodiesel has been the relatively large amount of fossil fuel required to produce it. That's aside from the contentious issue of using arable land to grow crops for fuel, especially food crops. However, a new study of the energy lifecycle of soybean biodiesel reveals a significant improvement in efficiency over the past 20 years or so.


Climate Change = Watertech Boom

August 7th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

[social_buttons] Necessity is the mother of invention, and real needs will grow with climate change. The most fundamental of these [&hellip



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