I’m sure there are downsides to this but it just adds to the pile of things that GMOs could do to improve crop and fruit production.
Journal Reference :
- Paul F. South, et al. Synthetic glycolate metabolism pathways stimulate crop growth and productivity in the field . Science , Jan 4th, 2019 DOI: 10.1126/science.aat9077
Sounds somewhat like turning C3 plants into C4 plants. So this won’t benefit the more efficient C4 plants like corn and sugarcane. Still it gives an idea of what’s possible.
I think most trees are C3. So this could come to many fruits at some point.