New ‘supercharged’ rice produces 40% more yield

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Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences have developed supercharged rice that can absorb more fertilizer, increase photosynthesis, and accelerate flowering by tweaking the plant’s gene.

Through the technique, the scientists were able to boost the yield of rice crops by up to 40%.

Improving photosynthesis is a promising approach to increasing crop yields and making agriculture more sustainable.

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Golden Rice
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