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Gene discovery could make way for increased biomass production of non-food crops [Registered]

Scientists at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation have identified a gene responsible for controlling key growth characteristics in plants, specifically the density of plant material. Increased production of biomass per unit area significantly reduces feedstock production cost for biofuels and biopower production. “This discovery opens up new possibilities for harnessing and increasing the potential of crops by expanding their ranges of use. These plants will be part of the next generation of agriculture which not only impacts food, but many other vital industries as well” said Richard Dixon, Director of the Noble Foundation’s Plant Biology Division. Huanzhong Wang, a postdoctoral…

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