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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


NASA To Provide $6 Million For Electric Aircraft Research At Univ. Of Illinois

May 21st, 2019 | by Jake Richardson

NASA will pay $6 million dollars over the next three years to support electric aircraft research at the University of Illinois. The NASA-backed program is called CHEETA -- the Center for Cryogenic High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft. Phillip Ansell, a principal investigator for the project, and an assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Urbana-Champaign, answered some questions about the work for CleanTechnica


Large-Scale Wind & Solar Development Could Reshape The Sahara 

September 7th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

A new study published this week has revealed the possibility that large-scale development of wind and solar in the Sahara Desert could result in increases to local temperature, precipitation, and vegetation, resulting in overall beneficial environmental changes. 



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