A gene that enables annual plants to continue growing after flowering could be a step closer to developing perennial rice, wheat, and other staples.
Discovered by scientists at the Institute of Biology Leiden, the AHL15 gene determines whether growing points of a plant will remain vegetative after flowering instead of dying and enter into new reproductive phases.
Practical applications of the AHL15 gene include modifying annual crops like rice to produce several yields without replanting.
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