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Researchers build high-tech test track to improve crop performance [Registered]

Taking a leaf from automakers who test their cars on special tracks that simulate real driving conditions, researchers at the Michigan State University have developed DEPI – Dynamic Environmental Photosynthetic Imaging – to test-drive plants so scientists and plant breeders can make them work better and produce more. For scientists, standard laboratory conditions and reproducible experimental designs have provided much of their understanding of photosynthesis. However, to truly understand one of the world’s most-robust biological processes – and many other plant mechanisms – MSU researchers have brought nature to the lab. DEPI will help scientists make better plants by allowing…

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