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Researchers identify protein mechanism critical to plant growth and yield [Registered]

Scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center have made several scientific discoveries demonstrating the significant roles Heterotrimeric G proteins play in plant development and yield. Findings are published in the October ’13 issue of Plant Physiology. The lead researcher Sona Pandey says that “G proteins, alpha, beta and gamma are important because they play critical roles in plants’ development, including fruit and seed size and production, defense against pests and pathogens and response to abiotic stresses such as drought and ozone. Understanding their function at the very basic level is an important step in the process of developing products…

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