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Identification of gene regulating plant reproduction could foster bioengineering of high yielding crops [Registered]

New research has uncovered a mechanism that regulates the reproduction of plants, providing a possible tool for engineering higher yielding crops. In a study published recently in Science, researchers from Monash University and collaborators in Japan and the US, have identified for the first time a particular gene that regulates the transition between stages of the life cycle in land plants. Professor John Bowman, of the Monash School of Biological Sciences said plants, in contrast to animals, take different forms in alternating generations – one with one set of genes and one with two sets. “In animals, the bodies we…

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