Scientists engineer shortcut for photosynthetic glitch, boost crop growth 40%


#1

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.


#2

Journal Reference :

  1. 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

#3

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.