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Improving plant growth through increasing nitrogen-use efficiency

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Title: Improving plant growth through increasing nitrogen-use efficiency
Author: Bi, Y.; Kant, S.; Clark, J.; Gidda, S.; Ming, F.; Xu, J.; Rochon, A.; Shelp, B.J.; Hao, L.; Zhao, R.; Mullen, R.T.; Zhu, T.; Rothstein, S.J.; Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship
Abstract: Structures, called nodules, on the roots of plants, take nitrogen from the air and absorb it so that plants can use nitrogen to grow. This process of nodule formation is triggered by genes in the plant, and one of these, of unknown function, is similar to the gene used in these studies. An over-expression of the OsENOD93-1 gene in the transgenic rice plants soiled to an increase in plant biomass and seed yield under differing nitrogen conditions. This shows that the gene causes the plant to absorb more of the nitrate and to produce more seeds and grow bigger.
Description: Clear Language Research Summaries are a project of the Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (ICES) at the University of Guelph. Project partners include the Business Development Office (BDO), SPARK Program at the University of Guelph, and Knowledge Mobilization Unit at York University. This project is part of the Pan-Canadian Research Impact Network. On the Web:
Date: 2012-06-11
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