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Discovery of “nourishing gene” may well support increase in crop productivity [Registered]

University of Warwick scientists have discovered a “nourishing gene” which controls the transfer of nutrients from plant to seed – a significant step which could help increase global food production. The research, led Dr Jose Gutierrez-Marcos in collaboration with the University of Oxford and agricultural biotech research company Biogemma, have identified for the first time a gene, named Meg1, which regulates the optimum amount of nutrients flowing from plant to seeds in maize plants. The research is published in Current Biology (2012, 22 (2): 1-6). Unlike the majority of genes that are expressed from both maternal and paternal chromosomes, Meg1…

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