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Soybean plants with fewer leaves yield more

Scientists predict that modern soybean crops produce more leaves than needed to the detriment of yield.

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Crop yield gets big boost with modified genes in photosynthesis

Berkeley and Illinois researchers increase plant proteins that result in more efficient use of sunlight.

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Scientists tweak photosynthesis and boost crop yield, proving it can be done

Researchers report in the journal Science that they can increase plant productivity by boosting levels of three proteins involved in photosynthesis.

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Something new under the Arizona sun: a robotic revolution in plant breeding

The TERRA-MEPP robot is based on autonomous rovers that search for accident victims in collapsed buildings and other confined, hazardous spaces. Team members are modifying this robust base to include miniature sensors—including hyperspectral, HD and thermal cameras, weather monitors, and LiDAR scanners—that will quantify key aspects of plants and the growing environment.

By: Claudia Lutz | Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology | University of Illinois