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Discovery of gene regulating flowering in sugar beet will probably boost yields [Registered]

A European team of researchers have discovered a gene with the potential to increase sugar beet yields. Findings presented in a recent issue of Current Biology1 shows how the long-sought bolting gene B in the sugar beet crop could help seed producers boost cultivation efficiency by mitigating yield-reducing contaminations, and could also support breeders in their efforts to create new cultivars with larger beets. Flowering time in sugar beet is determined by the bolting (B) gene locus. In response to long days and prolonged exposure to cold temperature (termed vernalisation), this B gene causes biennial sugar beet to bolt and…

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