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- Scientists at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation have uncovered a gene responsible for controlling key growth characteristics in plants, specifically the density of plant material.
- Denser plants have more biomass without increasing the agricultural footprint, meaning farmers and ranchers can produce more plant material from the same sized field. Plants that have increased density hold great potential to be used to produce biofuels, electricity and even advanced materials, like carbon fiber.
More from less
The potential lies in the combination of these current and past discoveries to maximize the usefulness of agricultural crops; achieve more from less through the application of technology; and design agricultural feedstocks to produce sustainable sources for energy and other valuable industrial products.
This research was recently published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) as well as selected as an Editors' Choice feature in Science. Since its establishment in 1914, PNAS is one of the world's most cited, multidisciplinary scientific serials that publishes cutting-edge research reports, commentaries, reviews and perspectives. Science is regarded as the world's leading journal for original scientific research, global news and commentary.