Climate Change: Corn, Other Crops Won’t Benefit from Elevated Carbon Dioxide Levels Nov 6, 2020

🕔Nov 6, 2020
The U.S. backs out of the Paris climate agreement even as carbon dioxide (CO2) levels continue to rise. Through photosynthesis, plants are able to turn CO2 into yield. Logic tells us […]

Rice: In Lower Light, Some Varieties Photosynthesize Better Than Others Mar 11, 2020

🕔Mar 11, 2020
A team from the University of Illinois and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) examined how 14 diverse varieties photosynthesize—the process by which all crops convert sunlight energy into sugars […]

Crop Growth Boosted 40% by Making Photosynthesis More Efficient Jan 11, 2019

🕔Jan 11, 2019
Plants convert sunlight into energy through photosynthesis; however, most crops on the planet are plagued by a photosynthetic glitch, and to deal with it, evolved an energy-expensive process called photorespiration […]

Scientists Sort Plant Genes for Drought Tolerance, Yield, Other Factors – DTN Oct 27, 2017

🕔Oct 27, 2017
An army of scientists is hard at work to understand how plants sense, defend and adapt to harsh environments. “Plants can’t relocate when conditions get tough. Survival relies on swiftly […]

USDA Photosynthesis Project: New Traits Could Increase Crop Yields by 20% to 50% Sep 15, 2017

🕔Sep 15, 2017
Political and agricultural leaders gather at the University of Illinois today to see transformative work by scientists in the Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency (RIPE) research project, which has already demonstrated […]

Biofuels: New Feedstock Could Fly Airlines Thousands of Miles Sep 11, 2017

🕔Sep 11, 2017
A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis from researchers at the University of Illinois estimate that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours […]

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